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* My Sugar ... I've never known a creature with as sweet a spirit. (She does this all the time). *

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Underneath the Christmas tree,
          My Little Sweetie waits for me ...
               Warm and snug, curled on the rug,
     There she found me first, you see.

Some years ago, now number eight,
          She'd been there, in a kitty crate ...
               Rescued from neglect, she'd come
     On Christmas Eve, and very late.

All was new, the here-and-now's,
          And offering what a tree endows,
               Free, at last, from her rough past,
     She felt secure beneath its boughs.

Soon, she'd found me, and I her,
          Soulmates, (one sans tail and fur),
               Still, we knew that we were two
     Meant for each other, pal and purr.

We share our joys now, very much,
          She helps me with my work and such,
               And just because, she'll wrap her paws
     'Round foot or arm, to stay in touch.

No matter where I've got to be,
          She always has to come with me,
               And when I'm gone she waits upon
     That very spot ... and patiently. 

For ever since that Christmas Eve,
          Each single time I have to leave,
               Quick, she'll go to hide below
     The limbs that gave her first reprieve.

I strive to stretch the holidays,
          And find creative, thoughtful ways,
               To NOT take down the tree and drown
     Her Christmas spirit, (to coin a phrase).

But still, there always comes a time
          The tree, no matter how sublime,
               Gets put away, and that sad day
     Is one I shall not put to rhyme.

Let's just say she's not much fun,
          And won't give love to anyone ...
               If she can't see a Christmas tree,
     Her sullen months ... have just begun.




Written and submitted on December 28, 2018
For the "Christmas Pets - Writing Challenge December 2018" Poetry Contest
Dear Heart, Judge & Sponsor

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 1/1/2019 6:31:00 PM
Gregory, congratulations on your win in my contest, I was totally taken by the love shown within your words about your kitty, well done ~
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Date: 12/31/2018 11:51:00 PM
Greg, congratulations on your win. Happy New Year's
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Date: 12/28/2018 1:20:00 PM
LOL...that finicky cat! Love it!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/30/2018 9:47:00 PM
Thank you so much, Kim, blessings, friend! :-) <3
Date: 12/28/2018 7:41:00 AM
Cats make me sneeze, and so do Christmas trees (hey that’s the start of a poem!) - nevertheless I found this totally charming! Lovely rhyme for a lovely cat!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/30/2018 9:50:00 PM
Thank you so much, Nina! I thought I was once allergic to my cats, but come to find out it was an ingredient in the litter I was using - I would have kept them anyway, but it was nice to know it wasn't them. Blessings! :-) <3