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Animals Alive


Gambit you were such a friend
twenty years we had together
filled with the fun of your antics
like the time as a kitten
you jumped on the table
and sniffed a burning candle
you leapt up high and sideways
in shock and nasty surprise
every hair of your body on end

You hated it when I sang
and would get in my face
I knew if I did not stop
you would bite my nose
just like you did Rita's
one time when she was crying
which only made her howl the more
you ran our lives with military precision
food on the table right on time
or you would let us know you were not pleased

The black scourge of the neighbourhood
you intensely disliked the other cats
but also you hated it if you were alone
a special bond you shared with my dogs
to them you were always kind once they
knew their place that is, too boisterous
and your claws would inflict a scratch 
as for the birds you hunted them with glee
often taking them out of the air as by they flew

Our twenty years together were not enough
I still miss you and your own lovable ways
Gambit dearest Gambit you were and are the best
unique and a tyrant you ruled my heart
fearless and bold you now await me in paradise

written 07/17/2014

contest Animals Alive

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  1. Date: 7/29/2014 1:06:00 PM
    Shadow, Congratulations, on your awesome win.... Love Linda

  1. Date: 7/29/2014 3:27:00 AM
    Shadow, what an amazing tribute to Gambit.. congrats on your wonderful winning write!

  1. Date: 7/27/2014 1:18:00 PM
    Awesome tribute! great winner

  1. Date: 7/27/2014 11:59:00 AM
    Dear Shadow, Gambit lived a good, long life and must have made you laugh when she put the dogs in their place. I had a cat that lived 22 years and another lived 20. They were wonderful companions and I still miss them. Enjoyed your poem very much. Congratulations!

  1. Date: 7/27/2014 7:41:00 AM
    Back again wid huge congrats on this Brilliant write Shadow !

  1. Date: 7/26/2014 10:12:00 PM
    I enjoyed the poem with a lovely story, Shadow. Congrats

  1. Date: 7/26/2014 8:03:00 PM
    Nice tribute and win, congrats Shadow!

  1. Date: 7/18/2014 9:46:00 PM
    This is a nice story/poem. I had two cats when I was little. Someone killed them both. I didn't know they could live 20 years. Thanks for sharing and good luck in the contest.. Lucilla

  1. Date: 7/17/2014 10:58:00 PM
    I had a cat named Bilbo for many years so I can relate to your feelings which you express so well in this poem. Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 7/17/2014 4:27:00 PM
    Lovely write Shadow, reminds me of my Cat Smokey who was my constant companion, when I was young. She lived till she was Nineteen then sadly got ran over by a dust cart, and died. Loved your poem Shadow, and hope it is a win for you....peter

  1. Date: 7/17/2014 8:51:00 AM
    Pets r lovely n extremely loving,, selfless,, loved ur sweet write Shadow! Must hv really enjoyed all those years of being together! Gl in contest!

  1. Date: 7/17/2014 8:49:00 AM
    Shadow, your poem is bliss so beautifully done!

  1. Date: 7/17/2014 8:33:00 AM
    Twenty years is a good long life for a cat. It sounds like they were good years for you both.

  1. Date: 7/17/2014 5:57:00 AM
    A beautiful tribute to a much missed Pet Shadow had me smiling with the cats antics. Good luck in the contest. Hugs Jan xx