Author Krista Tibbs

The Little Cat Angel

In Light Menu on February 25, 2009 at 1:09 am

The ghost of a little white kitten

Crying mournfully, early and and late,

Distracted St. Peter, the watchman

As he guarded the heavenly gate.

“Say, what do you mean, ” said his saintship,

“Coming here and behaving like that?”

“I want to see Nellie, my missus,”

Sobbed the wee little ghost of a cat.

“I know she’s not happy without me.

Won’t you open and let me go in?”

“Be gone,” gasped the horrified watchman.

“Why, the very idea is sin.

I open the gate to good angels

Not to stray beggars like you.”

“All right,” said the little white kitten

“Though a cat, I’m a good angel, too.”
Amazed at so bold an assertion,

But aware he must make no mistake,

In silence, St. Peter pondered,

For his name and repute were at stake.

Then placing the cat in his bosom

With a “whist now, and say all your prayers,”

He opened the heavenly portals

And ascended the bright golden stairs.

A litttle girl came down flying,

“That’s my kitty, St. Peter,” she cried.
And seeing the joy of their meeting,

Peter let the cat angel abide.

This tale is the tale of a kitten

Dwelling now with the blessed above.

It vanquished grim Death and High Heaven

For the name of the kitten was Love.



-Leontine Stanfield 


  1. What year was this poem written?

  2. Hi Anna,

    I’m not sure when it was written. I’m not even sure where I found the poem in the first place; it was something I had jotted in a notebook about 20 years ago!

    It had to have been written before 1936, because it showed up in an anthology “Best Love Poems of the American People” that year. Beyond that, I don’t know…


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