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* This is my cat, Sugar, the sweetest spirit I've ever known *

Oh, mine, the coldest heart to thaw
               With but one touch, your little paw

A tiny heart to love me through
               The worst and best of what I do

You care not how I strive or live
               Still pure, is ALL the love you give

My hopes were nearly gone the day
               Your sweetened smile came to stay

Yet one gaze in your sparkled eyes
               Turned all my gloom to sunny skies

How could I know your fuzzy ploy -
               To flood my house and heart with joy

Your gentle spirit taught me care
               I need its shine like lungs need air

And if this world e'er finds you gone
               I've not such strength to carry on

For should you find the need to leave
               How deep my weary soul will grieve

Of all life's blessings, tried and true
               There's none that I've loved more ... than YOU.





Submitted on October 8, 2019
To the "Write A Rhyme About Your Favorite Pet, Living Or Not" Poetry Contest
Regina Riddle, Sponsor.

* My poem is about one of my cats, Sugar, who has the sweetest spirit I've ever known ... she literally saved my life. *

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Date: 10/18/2019 6:40:00 PM
oh silly me. I see at the very top that you write about her in the present tense. Lucky you, Greg. My sweet black cat died this year. I had one like Sugar years ago. Her name was Callie Cat.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/19/2019 4:19:00 AM
Oh, I remember that, Andrea, and I'm so, so sorry ... I had an all-black cat right before I had these two ... he was a stray who adopted me, and he also saved my life, (as Sugar has). He was a BIG boy, and while he wasn't affectionate, he followed me EVERYwhere ... he showed up on Halloween night, and was starving and near death. I wasn't sure I'd go on when he left, then Sugar came by way of a rescue with her half-sister, Princess. I am so thankful for them. Blessings, Buddy! :o) <3
Date: 10/18/2019 6:35:00 PM
It sounds like she is still alive. I hope she is, Greg. Maybe i heard you mention her before. This one melts the heart. I really like it, and congrats on your deserved top place.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/19/2019 4:15:00 AM
Yes, she is, Andrea, and she is what gets me out of bed each day ... without her, I'm not sure I'd even BE here. Thanks and blessings, Dear Friend! :o) <3
Date: 10/14/2019 11:44:00 AM
Greg, Congratulations on your win! My daughter will love this one. You captured her love for dogs perfectly (she has seven). David
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/19/2019 4:14:00 AM
Thank you so very much, David, that's very kind of you! Wow - SEVEN - that's awesome! I adore dogs, too, though I don't have any at present. Blessings, my friend! :o)
Date: 10/13/2019 8:49:00 PM
You have personified the effect these sweet felines can have on our lives Gregory. Love this poem and congrats on your well deserved 1st place. <3
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/19/2019 4:13:00 AM
That's a very sweet comment, Leslie, and I thank you so very much ... blessings to you and yours, my friend! :o) <3
Date: 10/12/2019 6:09:00 PM
Sweetness personified...congrats on the first place.
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Date: 10/19/2019 4:12:00 AM
Many kind thanks to you, Jeanne - blessings! :o) <3
Date: 10/12/2019 1:29:00 AM
I’m not a cat person, but your poem is truly heartwarming, Greg! It’s amazing how our pets become family members. Congratulations on your win!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/19/2019 4:11:00 AM
Indeed they do, Carol! Cats are very misunderstood creatures, and thought to be snobby and uncaring, but it's all because they communicate in different ways than dogs do. With the proper understanding, even dog people can be cat people! I'm writing a book on cat communication, and an article for three publications on just that! Blessings and thanks, My Friend! :o) <3
Date: 10/11/2019 9:25:00 AM
Totally Awessome Congrats
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Date: 10/19/2019 4:08:00 AM
Thank you very much, Panagiota - blessings, Friend! :o) <3
Date: 10/10/2019 5:36:00 PM
Congrats Greg on another worthy winner!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/19/2019 4:08:00 AM
Thank you so much, Sir John! :o)
Date: 10/10/2019 12:01:00 PM
The best of the best - kitty and poem! Both tug at my heart. Our pets are so much more than companions; they are unconditional love and you described that purrfectly in your wonderful poem. Congrats on a well written poem.
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Date: 10/19/2019 4:07:00 AM
You are SO correct, Jan, and I would be so lost without that love and acceptance every day ... no matter WHAT my mood, they bring me joy, unwavering. Blessings and thanks to you, my friend! :o) <3
Date: 10/10/2019 10:13:00 AM
I have three cats and one sounds so much like your little Sugar. This was really sweet and heart felt. Congrats on your win my friend.
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Date: 10/19/2019 4:06:00 AM
Many kind thank-you's to you, Chris, I so appreciate it ... these little creatures can really steal your heart, can't they? We are blessed, my friend! :o)
Date: 10/10/2019 8:09:00 AM
This is perfect!
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Date: 10/19/2019 4:05:00 AM
Awww ... thank you SO much, Anna - that's very sweet! Blessings, My Friend! :o) <3
Date: 10/10/2019 7:35:00 AM
Aww what a touching poem Greg, many congratulations on your win :-) hugs Jan xx
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/19/2019 4:04:00 AM
That's very kind, Jan, I'm so pleased you enjoyed it! Blessings! :o) <3
Date: 10/10/2019 7:18:00 AM
I knew this would be a winner ;), Congratulations dear poet! xomo <3
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Date: 10/19/2019 4:03:00 AM
Thank you very much, Mo, this is a special one for me ... blessings, Dear Poet! :o) <3
Date: 10/10/2019 7:10:00 AM
- How sweet she is, Gregory ... congratulations on your lovely winning poem :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 10/19/2019 4:03:00 AM
Many kind thanks, Anne-Lise - it is greatly appreciated! :o) <3
Date: 10/10/2019 7:07:00 AM
So, Greg, this little kitty shared one of her nine lives with you. She deserves the POTD....Puddytat of the Day award
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Date: 10/19/2019 4:02:00 AM
Oh, I love that, John, thank you so much! What a wonderful way to put it - blessings, My Friend! :o)
Date: 10/10/2019 6:59:00 AM
Congratulations on your winning poem and thank you for entering it. I love it. Bless you and love to you, Gina
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/19/2019 4:02:00 AM
Thank you so much for my wonderful placement, Regina, I so greatly appreciate it, as this poem is VERY special to me! Blessings! :o) <3
Date: 10/8/2019 10:06:00 AM
Oh sweetness. Love this. Hugs my friend. xomo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/9/2019 12:26:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Maureen - so appreciated.
Date: 10/8/2019 6:31:00 AM
Wow. Bless your cat Sugar. I love your poem. Well done :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/9/2019 12:25:00 AM
Many kind thanks to you, Heidi - I'm pleased you enjoyed it! :o) <3