Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
I had a hamster in a cage
That used to give me smiles.
It ran forever in one place
For what would seem like miles.
That creature ran that small treadmill
From dawn to setting sun.
I used to wonder to myself...
What makes that hamster run?
It wasn't going anywhere.
It only ran in place.
Its energy was wasted as
It kept a frenzied pace.
Yet, on and on, from dusk till dawn
He ran his endless quest.
Well, it was just the silly way
Of hamsters, I had guessed.
My lover dumped me late last week,
Just told me with a sigh
That she had found another and
She had to say goodbye.
She said I was a real sport.
She wants me as a friend
But love that I had counted on
Had reached a sudden end.
I tried to keep stiff upper lip.
I calmly said goodbye.
Then, as she walked out my life,
I laid down for a cry.
How many times had I been through
This same scenario?
To meet someone and fall in love
And then to watch them go?
My life, it seemed, was nothing more
Than one long, sad parade
Of lovers coming....lovers going....
No one ever stayed.
I laid down on the bed. My eyes
Were dripping misery....
The hamster had stopped running and
Was staring down at me.
He stared at me - I stared at him.
'Twas as if he read my mind
And, through some quirk of nature, seemed
Our thoughts were intertwined.
I stared at him - he stared at me.
The minutes slowly passed
Till, finally, I smiled and knew
I understood at last.
By now the dawn was breaking. I
Heard birds sing, cheerily.
I took my hamster friend outside....
And then I set him free.