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"The Cat in the Colosseum" - A Poem

Updated: Apr 10, 2021

Author: Joey Zhou

In the summer of 2002, I went to Rome and when I was visiting the Colosseum, I ran into a skinny gray cat. The cat and I looked at each other for a long time. It had the most beautiful eyes and I soon fell in love. Later, when I boarded the plane, I couldn't stop thinking about the cat, and with some sadness and a few tears, wrote this poem , "The Cat in the Colosseum”.

Gray fur has become skinny and sleek

The dust of the ruined walls is jumbled,

Only those eyes that avoid the dirty look,

Continue to be noble!


The darkness will bury the stars,

The sleepless earth still soaked with ancient blood;

Silent footsteps,

Step out of the bloody walls;

The sound of the beast faint in the dark,

Breaking the chains of lions and fighters;


The guard is here!

Hopeless attachment,

Eternal purity!

After two thousand years of Roman wind and rain,

Accompanied by countless fighting souls!

Hungry and cold,

Hear the wind of Vesuvius;

Little shadow,

Finally disappeared in the bloody royalty...


That shameful blue shirt,

Awakened by the wind

That guilty red button,

Close to the soul

Heartbreaking steps,

Step by step,

Can't make a sigh!


Finally released to a lonely summer!



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