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Dear cat,when old

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Dear cat,when old

Lurching yet graceful ,the old black cat sets off.
Slowly he circles the edges of the garden in joy.
In the car ,though still in a shut basket,
He always knew when we came to the turning of the road.
Was it the cherry trees in blossom,a scent
Or something we could never be aware of?
I would open his basket in the car.
He comes out and descends so carefully
Onto the pavement,then tries to bound up the path,
The long wooded back garden is his total joy.
He would sit watching tiny frogs in a deep pond in the sun.
No doubt he longed to catch one.
He once brought a robin indoors,
The bird was completely unharmed.
Must have been his gift to me
We released it later after its shock had worn off.
Now he can only hobble,
And soon, his thinness warns me, he'll be gone.
No cat has ever loved or will love like this cat,
A rescued, terrified animal.
His eyes say everything to me.
I look into their clear-jewelled greenness
I look into a deep,still glowing sea of light.
The last day,finally, all day,he's on my knee.
I say"goodbye,goodbye,Pussy".
And he's gone,just before tea.
Now the garden seems empty.
Love leaves a gap.
Love leaves us bare
Love leaves us stripped.
Yet Love is eternal grace.
A mystery of faith.
I believe.

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  1. Date: 5/22/2013 2:24:00 PM
    this is so wonderful, Katherine. I was staring into my black cats eyes this morning thinking how she is the best!! I have only had one other as good as my black one and it was calico. The beautiful ones are sometimes the least affectionate. sorry yours died. I miss my Calico cat. FAVE for this one.

    Prose Avatar Catherine Prose
    Date: 5/22/2013 2:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Andrea I am glad you liked my poem.I just found an old photo of me knitting in the garden and pussy is sitting on the wooden arm of the bench.You can always recognise your own cat's eyes.. strange! Thanks so much for commenting,K