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Tom Thumb (The Cat)

Tom Thumb, with split ears and abscess,
came to us on an autumn night.
A feline atlas with alley hard shoulders,
but a calm, cool warrior nonetheless.
Named for his Hemingway mittens,
an irony of bulk to literary lore,
for he surely would make a short meal
of a murine steed fit for a King’s jester.
His years of wrangling had earned him,
A craggy pelt of scars under a crooked halo,
all wrapped up in a ripe orange hirsute fleece.

There was something about that gnarled old pumpkin,
that found our hearts warm and happy to have him.
Though his life had been hard, he was quick to find
my Mother’s lap to be a very restful place.
Dear Tom spent the better part of a decade in our home.
The years of ease softened his shoulders,
and hastened his purr, though he still had spunk.
The leaves of autumn learned to be weary of old Tom,
for he would shred on sight, the first leaf to fall.
As the years passed, the warmth of the sun,
found more often, Tom sitting with closed eyes,
enjoying the feel of his crimson fur.
Until an afternoon, late in the harvest season, 
poor old Tom had been sick.
He sat proud in the sun for one last long sun bath,
warm as our hearts between his apricot strips.
Bast came for her brother the very next day,
to fetch him off to the land that never forgets.
“Fare-the-well dear Tom and may the autumn leaves,
suffer your claws for as long as the sun never sets.”

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  1. Date: 3/16/2010 6:00:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest ~Somewhere A Pet Is Waiting Contest~ sponsored by ~A Rambling Poet~ Beau. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/15/2010 9:08:00 PM
    Beau, this is so far the most DESCRIPTIVE of the pet poem winners that I have read. I really like this . Here is one part that I found read very nicely: The years of ease softened his shoulders, and hastened his purr, though he still had spunk. also I liked how you talked about the leaves of autumn. congratulations, I'd have put you even higher on the list. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 3/13/2010 3:29:00 AM
    Congratulations Beau, on your win in The Rambling Poet’s “Somewhere A Pet Is Waiting” contest. I must say, it has been heart filled way to stay the day...remembering. Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 3/10/2010 6:16:00 PM
    Congrats Beau on your winning poem and placement in the Pet contest.. a wonderful write and win for u to so enjoy.. as I did reading it..luv.. "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 3/10/2010 5:48:00 PM
    I would have picked this gem for the top of the list of is wonderful!! Congratulations on your win in the contest! I am looking for more and more of your wonderful poetry....why have I missed so many of your great creations. I will be more alert from now on! :) Carrie

  1. Date: 3/10/2010 5:39:00 PM
    This is great, great poetry. Should have been right up there with the first winners Congratulations. Joyce

  1. Date: 1/20/2010 10:10:00 AM
    Your poetry was a pleasure to read today Beau. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with love and inspiration. May we all be able to read your poetry here at PoetrySoup for years to come. Love, Carol