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Pets--present and past.

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 20:49

16 Feb 2008


JOSIE.

SOFT SNOWBALL BREAST, TOOTHBRUSH-CLEAN,
BRISTLES MAGNIFIED AGAINST THE LIGHT.
MOCK FIGHT,WITH NO-CLAW PAW ON CHEEK OR NOSE OR HAIR.
SO NEAR,ENGINE-PURRING SOFT AGAINST MY EAR.
A FACE-VELVET SPACE WITHIN MY MIND-
BRIGHT EYE,INKSPOT NOSE-A HARLEQUIN FACE-
NO TRACE-OF BLACK AND YELLOW AND WHITE.
TURN-AND,TAIL ERECT IN HOPE OF GREETING,
FLEETING,PANTALOONED PISTONS PAD A TWO-INCH SPACE-
A FEAT,NEAT,ON SHELF OR LEDGE-OR,GOING NOWHERE,
MARK TIME ON MY KNEE,AS IF TO PLEDGE AFFECTION
JUST TO ME.
A TINY TEASE-BUT,PLEASE,MUCH MORE THAN THIS-
A DREAM OF PLEASURE,A TREASURE FOR THE SOUL,
BITTER,BLANK FROM WAR OF WORDS,A BALM,A BLESSING.
TOUCH AND FEELING.WORTH AT LAST.MERE VANITY.
WHO CARES THE REASON.NO MORE.ONLY DISILLUSION SORE,
DEEP IN MY MIND,UNKIND,REINFORCED BY DEATH AND DANGER,
PERSISTING INTO NIGHT OF ECHOES AND REFLECTIONS-
ENGINE PURRING-
YELLOW CAR,BLACK EARTH,
WHITE ANGER.


JOSIE WAS ONLY 7 MONTHS OLD WHEN SHE WAS KILLED BY
A YELLOW CAR. SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL TORTOISESHELL AND
WHITE KITTEN WHO SEEMED TO BE FEARLESS BUT WAS VERY
AFFECTIONATE.



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SHADES OF COPPER

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 20:52

16 Feb 2008


SHADES OF COPPER.



COPPER WAS MINE.
SOFT TO THE TOUCH OF MY HAND,
HIS FLAME-SILK COAT,IN WAVES OF
FIRE-DARKER,LIGHTER-FLOWED,
RIGHT TO THE SMOKE-WHITE TIP
OF HIS TAIL.

COPPER WAS MINE.
MERCILESS,QUICK-FIRE PAW,
OBEYING THE DICTATES OF CATDOM,
MOUSE-ON-THE-RUN,AND ,
HUNTER,HYPNOTISED BY HEREDITY,
POUNCED TO KILL.

COPPER WAS MINE.
UNDER THE FIRE,BEYOND SAVAGERY,
HIS SPIRIT GLOWED IN EYES OF JADE
THAT SEARCHED AND FOUND MY SOUL.
GENTLE THE BEAST THAT RESTED
ON MY BREAST.

COPPER WAS MINE.
HIS MEMORY, FRESH AND DEEP AS FOREST
IN THE SPRING, INVADES MY MOOD
OF DARKENING DAYS, TURNS IT TO THE
GREENNESS OF HIS EYES, AND DAWN-DEW
TEARS ARE DAMNED.
COPPER WAS MINE.
ALL FACETS OF HIM SPARKLE
FOR ME NOW, HERE IN THE MIDNIGHT
DARK. BLIND I AM TO SORROW,
FOR I KNOW HIS EMBER-GLOW IS STILL.
COPPER IS MINE.


COPPER WAS KILLED BY A CAR IN SEPTEMBER, 1989
WHEN HE WAS JUST 2 WEEKS SHORT OF HIS 2ND BIRTHDAY.
HE WAS A VERY SPECIAL BOY IN APPEARANCE AND NATURE.
HE HAD LONG GINGER AND WHITE FUR . HE CONSTANTLY
GAVE AND NEEDED LOVE.



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Re: Pets--present and past.

Post by Candlelight.kk on Mon 08 May 2017, 20:54

16 Feb 2008


Feather, what beautiful memorials to Josie and Copper. Definitely deserving of karma to you!

Our beloved pets truly touch our lives in a big way and the memories of the time they spent with us, however short, remain with us always.
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SOPHIE'S SONG

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 20:58

16 Feb 2008


Thank you so much,Candlelight. Every time I lost one of my dear pets, I found I couldn't stop grieving
till I had done the poem. Then the sorrow lifted. Strange.



SOPHIE’S SONG.


SHE WAS TINY. SHE WAS SMALL.
SHE WASN’T VERY BIG AT ALL.
BUT SHE WAS CLEVER. SHE WAS SMART.
SHE KNEW JUST HOW TO TOUCH THE HEART.
SHE WAS PRETTY, THERE’S NO DOUBT,
FOR TOMS- THEY FOLLOWED HER ABOUT,
THOUGH SHE LED THEM SUCH A DANCE,
WITH HER COY, INVITING GLANCE.
JOY SHE SHARED SO WILLINGLY
WITH ANYONE WHO CAME TO SEE
BABIES NESTLING AT HER BREAST.
SHE WAS WELL AND TRULY BLESSED.
SHE WAS BRAVE. SHE SHOWED NO FEAR.
SO GOOD IT WAS TO HAVE HER NEAR.
WHAT WAS HERE BEFORE SHE CAME?
NOW SHE’S GONE, WHAT IS THE SAME?



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WAITING. (Coco)

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:07

16 Feb 2008


Coco was a huge, long-haired, black and white puss with a very sweet nature.
He passed of heart failure when he was only 11 years old. I sat with him for
hours but he finally had to be put to sleep---a great sorrow to me as he was
the 1st of my cats to pass.



WAITING.


BALMY ARE THE DAYS AND LONG,
SUMMER DAYS WITHOUT A SONG.
BLUE-BLACK EVENINGS, ONE ON ONE,
EVER STRETCHING, EVER LONE.
SLEEP, SLEEP, FADE AWAY,
SLOWLY FADE WITH EACH NEW DAY,
TAINTED BY THE PIERCING DART
THAT SADNESS LEAVES WITHIN THE HEART,
HEART THAT FALTERS IN THE BREAST,
HEART THAT BREAKS, THAT HAS NO REST.
NIGHTS DESCEND IN SHROUDS OF GREY.
NEVER DAWNS THAT “BRIGHT NEW DAY”.
OUT OF REACH ARE PLEASURES PAST.
LIKE FLESH AND BLOOD, THEY DO NOT LAST.
EYES, NOW DIM, HAVE LOST THEIR GLOW,
EYES SEE ALL, AND TEARS FLOW.
NOUGHT IN LIFE NOW JOY AFFORDS.
LEADEN SORROW LOSES WORDS.
NEW LIFE OF MAY- YOU ARE A LIE!
MY COCO LIVES ONLY TO DIE.
NO GRASS, NO BIRD UPON THE WING
WILL PLEASURE TO HIM EVER BRING.
HE WEAKENS, YET IS UNAWARE
HOW MUCH, WITH HIM, I DAILY SHARE,
WATCHING, WAITING TILL THE END,
LOVING HIM, MY LITTLE FRIEND.



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CUPBOARD LOVE (for FLUFFY - a frequent visitor)

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:11

16 Feb 2008


Fluffy was owned by my next door neighbour. She had thick, long fur of brown, ginger and white.
She appeared at my bedroom window every night, got cuddles and left again. She also lost her life
on the main road which is quite near to my house.



CUPBOARD LOVE. ( FOR FLUFFY, A FREQUENT VISITOR.)


THE CASEMENT ALLOWED HER
INTO MY NIGHTTIME, HER COAT A
BASKET OF MARIGOLDS AND DAISIES.
HER TIME WAS THE SECRET DARKNESS
AND SHE BROUGHT A WARMTH
FROM OUT THE ICY MEADOW
TO MY BED.
HER EYES DID A GOLDEN
DANCE FOR ME.
SHE GAVE ME SILENCE
AS A GIFT AND THE MEASURE
OF HER LOVE.
TO PLEASE ME SHE PRETENDED
TO BE MINE
AND WHEN SHE LEFT, I WEPT
MY SECRET TEARS INTO THE EMPTY
SHELL OF NIGHT.



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A PARADOX CALLED PEPPER

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:13

16 Feb 2008


The 1st day of my retirement was ruined by the passing of this beautiful, big long-haired cream and white boy.
Yes------again, killed by a passing car.


A PARADOX CALLED PEPPER.


I REMEMBER EYES OF AMBER,
COAT OF SEA-WASHED SAND,
TAIL OF FOX, SNOWDRIFT SOCKS,
WET NOSE IN MY HAND;
PURRS AND SMILES, HUNTER‘S WILES,
PRACTISED IN ALL WEATHERS,
CROUCHING LOW, IN THE SNOW,
BOUNDING THROUGH THE HEATHER.


OUTDOOR LAD, ALWAYS GLAD
TO BE MINE- BUT FREE;
ON THE RUN, JUST FOR FUN.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD HE BE?
LATE OR SOON, NIGHT OR NOON,
WHEN IT WAS HIS WILL,
AFTER THE CHASE, WITH WEARY FACE,
HE‘D SIT UPON MY SILL.


CONTENT TO BE NEAR TO ME,
ANSWERING MY CALL,
.HE’D PRETEND HE COULDN’T FEND
FOR HIMSELF AT ALL.
CHEESE OR MEAT, AS A TREAT,
HE’D TEASE FROM MY FINGERS.
THEN, IN A TRICE, HE’D THINK OF MICE,
AND NO WAY WOULD HE LINGER.


ACROSS THE FLOOR, TOWARDS THE DOOR,
QUICKLY HE WOULD PAD,
YET GLANCE AT ME SO GRATEFULLY
FOR THE LOVE HE’D HAD.
WELL I KNOW- AND YOU WOULD TOO-
THE CALL THAT DREW HIM THEN.
I HAD TO COPE, JUST LIVE IN HOPE
I’D SEE MY BOY AGAIN.


THE LAST DAY CAME. IT SEEMED THE SAME
AS OTHERS GONE BEFORE,
BUT SOON I KNEW THIS WASN’T TRUE
FOR HE’D COME HOME NO MORE.
I’D THOUGHT HIM WISE TO DEATH’S DISGUISE
UPON THAT CATWALK COLD,
BUT REAPER REAPS AND MOURNER WEEPS-A TALE SO OFTEN TOLD.


NOW TIME HAS PASSED AND BROUGHT AT LAST
ITS SOLACE IN SOME MEASURE,
FOR NOW I FIND, DEEP IN MY MIND,
A MEMORY TO TREASURE.
LOVE NEVER DIES. THOSE AMBER EYES,
FOR ME, WILL NEVER DIM,
AND HE WILL WAIT, THERE AT THE GATE,
TILL I CAN BE WITH HIM.



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LILLY

Post by elly on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:17

17 Feb 2008



my lovely lilly with my son thomas
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Post by elly on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:19

17 Feb 2008

and lovely meg who helped when a pet of ours died

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Re: Pets--present and past.

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:22

17 Feb 2008


Georgeous, elly. Animals are true magic. Thanks for posting their pics here.
Your son is a smasher too but don't tell him or he'll get conceited.



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Re: Pets--present and past.

Post by elly on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:24

18 Feb 2008


ha ha he wouldn't anyway a total mirror image of his dad too laid back for his own good
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GIPSY

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:26

30 Mar 2008


AFTER THE STORM.


“GIPSY! GIPSY! GIPSY! , I CRIED,
INTO THE DARKNESS, INTO THE RAIN,
TO THE WINDSWEPT HEATHER BEYOND,
AND THE SKY. DRAWN TO THE PLACES,
LONELY AND WILD, WHERE MY LOST ONE DREAMED
HER SECRET DREAMS, I SEARCHED. I DID. I TRIED.


“GIPSY! GIPSY! GIPSY! , “ I SIGHED,
“ARE YOU LOST? ALONE? IN PAIN?
COME TO ME NOW AS YOU DID BEFORE,
WHEN I THOUGHT YOUR FACE , WHEN I CALLED YOUR NAME
BUT SILENCE MOCKED MY BITTER TEARS,
AND EMPTINESS FILLED MY MIND.


“GIPSY! GIPSY! GIPSY! “, I SCREAMED,
PRESSURE PUMPING BEHIND MY EYES.
QUESTIONS, IMAGES, BROKEN THREADS,
TANGLED AGONY- MINE AGAIN.
JIGSAW PIECES, SHATTERED GLASS,
FRAGMENTS PIERCING WHEN I DREAMED.
“GIPSY, GIPSY, GIPSY,” I BREATHE,
QUIETLY NOW THAT HOPE IS VAIN.
TIGER STRIPES IN VELVET BLACK,
SHADOWS ONLY STILL REMAIN.
SHADOWS, MEMORIES OF AIR,
THE TAPESTRY OF THOUGHTS I WEAVE.
GIPSY, ROMANY, WANDERER FREE,
SILHOUETTE BEYOND LIFE’S PANE,
MY BECKONING MIND STILL CALLS YOU HOME,
OUT OF THE WIND, OUT OF THE RAIN,
AWAY FROM DANGER, AWAY FROM STORM,
AS THE WIDOW, THE SAILOR FROM THE SEA.
BUT, GIPSY, NOW I CALL NO MORE,
FOR IT WOULD ONLY BE MY SHAME.
LOVE IS SELFISH WHEN IT PINES
TO BRING A LOVED ONE BACK AGAIN.
WHAT THOUGH I BE CAGED IN GRIEF?
YOU SIT AT AN OPEN DOOR.

ON THE LOSS OF GYPSY--NEVER FOUND- AUTUMN, 1990.



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ZOE

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:28

30 Mar 2008


This is Zoe who passed on Thursday 28th March, 2008. She was 171/2 years old. I loved her to bits.






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Re: Pets--present and past.

Post by Candlelight.kk on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:32

30 Mar 2008


She's gorgeous, Feather. And almost a double to my Pepsi, size, markings, stance - only the eyes are a different colour. (I will try and get a photo up here soon)
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Re: Pets--present and past.

Post by Stardust on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:36

31 Mar 2008


I'm so sorry to hear that you've lost Zoe, Feather, and you must be feeling miserable.
I'm sure your other little friends are comforting you and Zoe won't be forgotten.



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Re: Pets--present and past.

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:39

31 Mar 2008


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Re: Pets--present and past.

Post by Stardust on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:41

04 Apr 2008

Would you write a poem for Zoe, Feather, or is it too soon ?
She's a beautiful colour and looks so warm and content.

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Re: Pets--present and past.

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:45

04 Apr 2008


There is nothing surer . I will write her poem but I must wait till the right time. It will come.
If I try before I should, it doesn't work. xxx.



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Re: Pets--present and past.

Post by Stardust on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:47

04 Apr 2008

Waiting for inspiration, I know what you mean.
It's the same with me, I can't just sit down and write, but when the feeling comes over me it's compulsive,
so if I'm somewhere like the bus where I can't write it's a pity because the words are lost.



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SKIPPER

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:49

06 Apr 2008


SKIPPER ASLEEP.


A CHILL NOVEMBER MONDAY DAWNS
TO WINDSWEPT HEDGES, SPONGE-SOAKED LAWNS.
I’M ILL-AT-EASE. I’M NOT SURE WHY,
BUT PETTY GRUMBLES PASS ME BY.
THERE’S DARKNESS IN THE SUN’S DIM LIGHT,
SHADES OF TWILIGHT, SHADES OF NIGHT.


SOMETHING WHISPERS IN MY EAR,
SHADOWS ECHO ALL MY FEAR.
TODAY I HAVE TO PASS A TEST.
TODAY MY MIND WILL FIND NO REST.
AND SO, IT COMES FOR ME ‘E’RE DARK,
THE TRAUMA KEEN, THE TRIAL STARK.


I HEAR A VOICE, A ROBOT’S VOICE,
REPEATING WORDS HE’S LEARNED BY CHOICE.
“HE’S NEAR THE END. YOU MUST BE KIND.
HELP HIM TO DIE, HIS PEACE TO FIND.”
NOW I KNOW WHAT I HAVE FELT-
THE HAND TO ME THAT FATE HAS DEALT.

IT'S MY DECISION, MINE ALONE.
I REACH FOR HIM;MY HEART'S A STONE.
AND,TREMBLING NOW, I CUP MY HANDS
AROUND HIS HEAD UNTIL THE SANDS
OF HIS DEAR LIFE HAVE RUN AWAY
AND HE IS GONE. ALL IS DECAY.


SOON THERE’S GUILT AS WELL AS GRIEF
AND YET I SHARE IN HIS RELIEF
FOR, AS THE HOURS PASS SLOWLY BY,
A PICTURE FORMS BEHIND MY EYES.
I RECALL HIS KITTENHOOD-
AND IT WAS CAREFREE; IT WAS GOOD.
AS HE USED TO BE, MY SKIPPER
WOULD OFT’ CURL UP INSIDE MY SLIPPER
AND WHEN I’D COME TO FIND THE PAIR,
HE’D GIVE THAT IMPISH , ONE-EYED STARE
WHICH SAID TO ME, “COME ON, THEN. PLAY!
IF NOT, I’LL STAY HERE, IF I MAY!”



SKIPPER WAS MY PRIDE AND JOY.
HE WAS NOT JUST ANY BOY
FOR HE WAS WHITE, LIKE FALLING SNOW
WITH COAL-BLACK TAIL, I’LL HAVE YOU KNOW!
HIS NAME WAS CHOSEN WITH DUE THOUGHT
TO HOW HE JUMPED AND PRANCED AND SOUGHT
TO HOLD MY INTEREST, CATCH MY EYE
WHEN HE WAS JUST A LITTLE GUY!
HE GREW TO BE THE “TOP CAT” HERE,
A PLACE HE HELD FOR THIRTEEN YEARS.
STOCKY, TOUGH, A REAL TOM CAT-
I THINK HE WAS QUITE PROUD OF THAT!


THO’ NOW, OF LATE, TIME HAD BEGUN
TO ROB HIM OF HIS LOVE OF FUN,
STILL, SOMETIMES HE WOULD FLICK A BALL
AS IF TO SAY, “I’LL SHOW ‘EM ALL!”
FULL OF MISCHIEF TO THE BRIM-
AND THAT’S HOW I’LL REMEMBER HIM.



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Re: Pets--present and past.

Post by Candlelight.kk on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:52

06 Apr 2008


Feather, that is so touching and heartfelt as with all your other memorial poems.
I think you should seriously consider collating them all together with a view to having them published.
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Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:55

06 Apr 2008

Thank you, Candlelight. I've been told that many times but as yet haven't bothered.
Most of my poems are about sad occasions cos that's when I feel inspired so maybe
I'd need to write some cheerful ones to get the balance right. We'll see.



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FUDGE

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:57

06 Apr 2008


SOFT CARAMEL BOY.


FUDGE! HE WAS A HANDSOME CAT.
THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT OF THAT.
SLEEK AND STATELY, LONG OF LIMB,
EVERYONE ADMIRED HIM.
EYES OF AMBER, COAT OF CREAM,
ANY LADY *****’S DREAM.
YET A COMPLEX FELINE, HE,
FIERCE WITH CATS BUT SWEET WITH ME.
THE OTHER CATS WHOSE HOME HE SHARED
OFTEN MET HIM WITH FANGS BARED
FOR HE WOULD DARE TO POUNCE AT WILL
ON THEM! AND WHY? JUST FOR THE THRILL
OF WITNESSING THEIR SUDDEN FEAR
AND EYEING A RETREATING REAR!
FROM HIS VERY KITTENHOOD,
HE STROVE TO DO ALL THAT HE COULD
TO BE THE KING, THE TRUE TOP CAT,
BUT BANDIT WOULD HAVE NONE OF THAT
AND SO THE CREAM BOY AND THE BLACK
WOULD ALWAYS END UP IN A SCRAP.
THEY WERE NOT PALS BUT DEADLY FOES.
ENCOUNTERS CAME TO WAR-LIKE BLOWS
WITH SCRATCH ON NOSE OR BITE ON EAR,
ALL JUST BECAUSE ONE CAME TOO NEAR.
BUT FUDGE HAS LATELY LEFT THE SCENE.
HE’S NOT WHERE HE’S ALWAYS BEEN.
SO, I DWELL ON THE GENTLENESS
HE SHOWED TO ME- FOR I WAS BLESSED
TO KNOW HIS PLEASURE AT MY TOUCH
I STILL CAN HEAR HIM LOUDLY PURR
AS I CARESSED HIS HONEY FUR.
SOFTLY HE WOULD CROON TO ME
TO LET ME KNOW, TO LET ME SEE,
TO SHOW THE COMPASS OF HIS PLEASURE
AND THIS SOUND I SHALL ALWAYS TREASURE.



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DUSTY

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 21:59

06 Apr 2008


EXPIATION.


LOST TO ME IS DUSTY,
MY SMOKE-GREY LITTLE ONE.
GONE IS ALL THE LOVING,
GONE IS ALL THE FUN.
PAST IS ALL THE PLEASURE
HE DID ME AFFORD,
PAST, THE LIVING HOURS,
CUT, THE SILVER CORD.
THO’ HIS CROSS WAS DEAFNESS,
HE DIDN’T SEEM TO MIND.
WHEN HE NEEDED STROKING,
HE MANAGED ME TO FIND.
WATCHFUL, QUICK AND TWINKLING,
HIS GREEN EYES SOUGHT ME OUT
AND, LIKE A LITTLE PUPPY,
HE FOLLOWED ME ABOUT.
CROUCHING AT A WINDOW
OR WAITING NEAR A DOOR,
WHEN IT CAME TO CUDDLES,
HE ALWAYS CRAVED SOME MORE.
GUILT AND GRIEF ARE PARTNERS.
THEY GO HAND IN HAND,
BUT IN THE DEATH OF DUSTY,
‘TWAS GUILT THAT TOOK COMMAND.
“JUST A SIMPLE MATTER,”
THEY SAID TO ME THAT DAY,
“AND HE’LL FEEL SO MUCH BETTER.”
BUT NO!- HE PINED AWAY.
TOO MUCH ANAESTHETIC
FOR HIS DEAR OLD HEART.
IGNORANCE THE CULPRIT,
AND SO WE HAD TO PART.
WITH MY WEE CAT, DUSTY,
I SHARED A SPECIAL BOND.
I UNDERSTOOD HIS BURDEN
AND IN THE GREAT BEYOND,
WHEREVER DUSTY’S GONE TO,
I HOPE HE’S FOUND A PAL.
I HOPE HE’S LOST HIS DEAFNESS.
I HOPE THAT- MOST OF ALL.



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KISMET

Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:02

06 Apr 2008


ENIGMA.

KISMET CAME FROM O’ER THE SEA.
FROM THAT ISLE HE CAME TO ME,
THAT ISLAND I HAD NEVER SEEN,
THO’ NEAR TO WHERE I’VE ALWAYS BEEN.
IN MANY WAYS A FLIGHTY CAT,
BUT LOVING TOO IN SPITE OF THAT.
COAT OF MUSHROOM LACED WITH CREAM,
SOMETIMES GENTLE,SOMETIMES MEAN.
BUT LOVE HE ALWAYS HAD GALORE.
I HAD ENOUGH OF THAT IN STORE,
FOR HIM , MY ARMFUL OF A PET,
HUGE AND HEAVY- I HOLD HIM YET.

PERCHED HIGH ON THE LOFTY TOWER,
OR LYING IN A GRASSY BOWER,
HE WOULD TAKE HIS EASEMENT THERE,
IN WEATHER FOUL, IN WEATHER FAIR,
OR AT THE MILK DISH, IN A DAZE,
HE’D SIT AND THROUGH THE WINDOW GAZE.
FOR QUITE SOME TIME HE’D HAVE A THINK
BUT OTHER CATS COULD HAVE NO DRINK!
WHILE HE SAT THERE TO MEDITATE,
A QUEUE OF CATS WOULD DEHYDRATE!
NOT ONE WOULD RISK A FORWARD PACE
OR CHALLENGE KISMET FACE TO FACE,
FOR KISMET HAD A SHORTISH FUSE
AND HE COULD BE- WELL- “NOT AMUSED”!

TO GET HIM TO THE VET’S WAS DIRE
FOR THEN HE’D SHOW US HIS TRUE FIRE.
TWO OF US WERE NEEDED THEN,
YES, TWO- AND THEY WERE TWO GROWN MEN,
WITH GLOVES HIS ANGER TO COMBAT.
WHAT A TIGER! WHAT A CAT!
WITH FANGS AND CLAWS, HIS EARS PRESSED FLAT,
READY FOR THEIR MOVE , HE SAT!

I THINK THIS LED TO HIS SAD FATE
FOR OFTEN WE WOULD HESITATE
TO PICK HIM UP AND SHOW HIM MASTER,
WHICH SICKNESS CAN TURN TO DISASTER.
WE’RE SORRY NOW WE MADE HIM WAIT
FOR HELP WHICH CAME- ALAS! TOO LATE.
NO-ONE KNOWS WHAT LAID HIM LOW.
HIGH FEVER SEEMED TO BE THE FOE.
FAR FROM HOME AND IN A CAGE,
HIS FINAL BATTLE HE DID WAGE
BY MORNING HE HAD LOST THE FIGHT,
PASSING SOFTLY IN THE NIGHT.
POPPET WAS HIS FAVOURITE MATE,
WITH HER HE’D DEIGN TO SHARE HIS PLATE.
THEY PLAYED AND FROLICKED WHILE STILL YOUNG
AND HE WOULD GROOM HER WITH HIS TONGUE.
SHE’LL MISS HIM SORELY, AS SHALL I ,
BUT HOPE TO SEE HIM BY AND BY.



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Amber's poem is written in the dialect of Orkney so you may not understand all the words!!!!
She was an all-ginger female which is fairly rare in the cat world.

FULL CIRCLE.

DON’T ASK ME WHY THIS DITTY IN DIALECT IS WRIT,
BUT ORKNEY WORDS AND PHRASES- WEEL, THEY JUST SEEMED TAE FIT,
FIR AMBER CAM FAE DEERNESS, A PEEDIE, PEEDIE MITE.
I NIVER SA’ A SMALLER- NO BREADTH, NO LENGTH, NO HEIGHT!
I MIND THE DAY I GOT HER. BOEY! DAE I MIND THAT DAY!
FIR ON THE WEY TAE ME HOOSE, SHE’D “DONE IT” IN THE HEY
THAT HID BEEN PIT AROOND HER TAE MAK’ HER FEEL AAL RIGHT.
AND WIS SHE SMELLIN’ SWEETLY? WEEL, I WID SAY, “NO QUITE!”
I PLUMPED HER IN ME SINK THEN AND SET TAE WI’ ME HANDS.
I RUBBED AND SCRUBBED AND DRIED AND SOON SHE WIS SPICK AN’ SPAN.
FAE THE FIRST DAY THAT I HID HER, SHE NIVER WIS THE NORM
SHE WIS AYE SAE DIFFERENT FAE THE DAY THAT SHE WIS BORN.
AAL THE CATS THAT I HID HAD TOYS STREWN ON THE MAT
BUT NO WUR PEEDIE AMBER. SHE HID NO TIME FIR THAT.
A PING-PONG BALL WIS USELESS AND SO A FURRY MOOSE,
BUT FLING HER AN OWLD PEN-TOP AND THEN JUST LET HER LOOSE
WHIT A FUN SHE THOWT THAT, THROWING HID ABOOT,
BITIN’, FLICKIN’, CATCHIN’. TAE WATCH HER WIS A HOOT!
MONY A PEN WIS TOPLESS IN ME HOOSE AT THAT TIME
BUT ACH, HID DIDNA METTER. THIS PEEDIE THING WIS MINE.
NOO, TIME-AS EVER- PASSES AND SHE BEGAN TAE GROWE
FIR SHE DID LITTLE ITHER THAN CHOW AND CHOW AND CHOW!
YE KEN ABOOT THE ACORN THAT TURNED INTAE AN OAK-
WEEL- HID WIS LIKE WUR AMBER. WHIT A SIZE SHE GOT!
HER BELLY WIS NEAR SCRAPIN’ ON THE VERY GRUND
FIR SHE WIS ALWAYS SCOFFIN’ EVERYTHING SHE FUND!
HER EYES WERE NEARLY BIGGER THAN HER GINGER HEED
AND BOTH OF THEM AYE LUCKIN’ FIR ANITHER FEED.
HER LEGS WERE SHORT AND STUBBY- THE BITS THAT YOU COULD SEE-
AND SOON SHE WIS TOO HEAVY TAE JUMP UP ON ME KNEE!
YE’VE HEARD O’ “PLUMP” AND “CHUBBY” . WEEL SHE WIS NONE O’ THAT.
AMBER WIS A BIG GIRL. AMBER WIS JUST FAT!!
BUT SHE WIS GENTLE WI’ IT AND QUIET AS A MOOSE.
IN FACT YE OFTEN DIDNA KEN SHE WIS ABOOT THE HOOSE.
AND, OCH, I MISS ME AMBER, ME BIG, RED-GINGER LASS
FIR NOO SHE IS A-SLEEPIN’ UNDER ORKNEY GRASS.
FETH, I LOVED HER DEARLY. TAE ME SHE WIS A QUEEN.
SHE STILL PLUCKS AT ME HEART STRINGS WHAUREVER SHE HIS GEEN.
SHE GOT INSIDE ME HEART AAL RIGHT. SHE GOT INSIDE O’ THAT
FIR SHE WIS MORE TAE CUDDLE. SHE WIS JUST MORE CAT!
SHE WIS NIVER NOISY. SHE NIVER CAUSED ME STRIFE.
SHE GIED ENORMOUS PLEASURE TAE ME IN ME LIFE.
SILENTLY SHE LINGERS EVEN STILL THE DAY,
QUIET IN HER LIFETIME AND NOO SHE’S GEEN AWAY.
EVEN AT THE ENDING MUTED WIS HER BREATH.
NOISELESS WIS HER PASSING; WHISPERED WIS HER DEATH.



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Post by Stardust on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:07

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Not sure I got all the last one, Feather, but I love your inspired cat poems.
My favourite is 'Skipper asleep'.



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Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:11

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I wish sammi was here. It was she who encouraged me to write this poem for my beloved Zoe.


THE LOVING TIME.



I KNEW IT WAS COMING; I KNEW SHE MUST LEAVE;
I KNEW IT WOULD SOON BE MY TIME TO GRIEVE
AGAIN,IN THAT TUNNEL, THAT TWILIGHT ZONE
WHERE I’VE LINGERED SO OFTEN, FEELING SAD AND ALONE.


SUMMER--IT BECKONS, EVER SUNNY AND BRIGHT,
BUT, FOR ME, IT’S AS IF SOMEONE TURNED OUT A LIGHT,
YET LET THE SPRING FLOWERS REACH FOR THE SKY,
IT IS NOT THEIR TIME TO WITHER AND DIE.


SHE LOVED TO BE WITH ME IN MY SLEEPING PLACE.
SHE’D KEEP ME SO COSY; I’D STROKE HER SWEET FACE.
IT WAS THEN THAT SHE LOST ALL HER INNATE FEAR,
AS, I HELD HER GENTLY EVER SO NEAR.

ZOE, MY ZOE HAS LEFT ME--SHE’S GONE.
HER SHORT LIFE IS OVER; HER LIVING IS DONE,
BUT I HOLD HER MEMORY HERE IN MY HEART,
IN THAT SECRET PLACE WHERE WE NEVER SHALL PART.


FOR MY LOVELY GIRL, ZOE, WHOM I
MISS SO VERY MUCH EVERY NIGHT.

PUT TO SLEEP, AGED 17 ½,
28TH MARCH, 2008.



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Post by Candlelight.kk on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:14

15 Jun 2008


Very moving, Feather. And 17 and a half is a rare ol age to reach.
I'm sure Stardust would have loved to read this also.
I still hold a little sprinkling of hope that perhaps from time to time she does look in on us and knows that she's still very much in our thoughts.
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Post by lar-lar on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:17

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I love poetry and i loved your poetry feather..even that one! tee hee! I put money on it you would get some published-go for it!

I often think of sammi come back samm
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Post by lar-lar on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:19

21 Jun 2008


getting back on to pets/animals,i really fancy a trip to a wildlife park soon.will take my camera and get the pics up!
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Post by Stardust on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:22

03 Sep 2008


When I get to the other side, I'll see all my dogs again.
Gonna go mad, all of us together, we'll dance round and jump on one another like wild things,
and then we're gonna run, run, run... and laugh gleefully at the huge pleasure of it all.
Best of all my lovely Alsatian who saved my life and has such a special place in my heart.
I can't wait...



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Post by Stardust on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:24

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Golly, Feather, I only just now read back through the thread and saw your poem for Zoe. You have such a way with words and they make me feel so sad. But just think of all your cats now together, they won't be lonely.



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Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:27

08 Sep 2008


Thank you as always sammi, lar-lar and Candlelight. I haven't written Tansy's one yet but it will come
when it will come.xxx.



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Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:29

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At last--my poem remembering Tansy, my oldest girl.

TRULY TANSY.



WHEN TANSY FIRST CAME HOME TO ME,
A TINY, TORTIE TEASE WAS SHE.
SHE WAS NOT SHY, NOR OVER-BOLD
BUT PERFECT FOR MY ARMS TO HOLD.
SHE TOOK NO TIME TO SETTLE HERE,
SHE WAS CONTENT. SHE SHOWED NO FEAR.
AFFECTIONATE AND VOCAL TOO,
SHE’D LET ME KNOW WHAT I SHOULD DO,
FOR, LIKE A PUPPY, SHE WOULD BEG,
SITTING UP ON TWO HIND LEGS,
WAITING PATIENTLY IN HOPE
OF LOVING TOUCH, OF GENTLE STROKE.
AND YET ANOTHER LITTLE THING
SHE’D DO TO MAKE MY OLD HEART SING,
FOR SHE WOULD TOUCH MY NOSE WITH HERS,
IN FELINE KISS , WITH MANY PURRS.


BUT EARTHLY JOYS-THEY DO NOT LAST,
THEY FADE FROM PRESENT INTO PAST.
TIME IS MASTER OF OUR FATE,
HE DOES NOT LINGER, DOES NOT WAIT.
HE CLAIMS AGAIN WHAT HE HAS LENT,
HIS PLEASURES ARE NOT PERMANENT.
THEY’RE MERELY BORROWED FOR A SPELL
AS THOSE WHO GRIEVE DO KNOW SO WELL.
TANSY HAS GONE ON ALONE,
TO HER NEW LIFE, TO HER NEW HOME.
A LONGING OFT’ COMES OVER ME
FOR SOMETHING LOVED I CANNOT SEE,
YET TANSY’S WHERE SHE’S ALWAYS BEEN
FOR HER MEMORY IS EVERGREEN.
FOR TANSY---PUT TO SLEEP ON 15TH AUGUST, 2008, AGED 19 YEARS, 3 MONTHS.



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Post by Candlelight.kk on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:32

18 Dec 2008

That is so touching, Feather. Another lovely memorial. I really think you should put them all together and have them published. Maybe one day ... ?

I've been searching through the forum, trying to find the video of the two cats talking to each other. Do you remember it? Can't find it though. I thought it was in the animals thread, went in there and got so entranced with all the wonderful posts in there
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Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:41

19 Dec 2008


Thank you for reading the poem, Candlelight. I'm glad you like it. I can't remember anything about
2 cats talking to each other-but my memory is not to go by these days. If you knew who posted it,
you could go to their profile and click on "all posts by--". No doubt you know this already.
I'm off to bed so I'll wish you a peaceful---




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Post by Candlelight.kk on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:44

19 Dec 2008

lol - that's what makes it even worse - I posted it myself!

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Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:49

19 Dec 2008


Have you found the talking cats yet, Candlelight? I found it on youtube--the version with the translation is the best.
Thing is I don't know what is legal to do with it. Don't think I'm allowed to up/down??load it.



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Post by Candlelight.kk on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:54

20 Dec 2008

Now why didn't I think of that? Yes, that's the one. I hadn't seen the one with the translation though.

Here they both are:



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Post by Feather on Mon 08 May 2017, 22:57

They're both hilarious.



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Post by lar-lar on Tue 09 May 2017, 11:08

22 Dec 2008


i'll look forward to watching these later on today---on my way out chrissy shopping[grrr] the crowds,the parking,moan moan...
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Post by Feather on Tue 09 May 2017, 11:11

22 Dec 2008


Aw, poor rainbows! I feel sooooo sorry for you----NOT!! Enjoy!! Just
remember you have a car to park and legs that can walk. You are blessed.
Mingle joyfully with Humanity and spend, spend, spend!! Good Luck.xxx.



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Post by lar-lar on Tue 09 May 2017, 11:14

23 Dec 2008


you are quite right -my feet ached but i have feet-as for my car-well its a car im grateful to have but getting on a bit not sure if i'll get another year out of it but today ive got one so thats what matters.
The crowds were big,took me 40 mins to get out of the carpark but neil diamond kept me happy.

Wrapped almost all pressies now , first year ive put them under the tree[i dont think boyo will open them !i hope not..]usually put them under eve when all asleep so i'll let you know if the pressies survive.

Im afraid i didnt mingle with the crowds joyfully,too much squeezing past everybody but we're all in the same boat but i wasnt grumpy either unlike some who grumbled at people when accidentally touched-it cant be helped , people so moody sometimes!

I finally have batteries , will put them in my camera and show you some chrissie photos soon.
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Post by lar-lar on Tue 09 May 2017, 11:15

and happy christmas to everybody-we've got through another year! xx
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Post by Feather on Tue 09 May 2017, 11:18

23 Dec 2008


Good morning, Happy Shopper! Glad you got pressies sorted. That'll be a great relief to you.
I remember what it was like--so many moons ago. I must say that, for me, the magic has all
but disappeared since my sons became adults. My Mum was the centre of the whole family's
Christmas, both when my brother and I were kids and on until we had kids of our own.
When she passed, things changed irrevocably----but I still try to enter into the spirit of things.
At least I won't be on my own. One of my sons, Leigh, runs a pub/restaurant with his partner
a few miles down the road from my house. The place will be shut to the public but family are
invited for Xmas dinner on the evening of Xmas Day, my friend, Rosina and my other son, Ray,
included. There will be about 10 of us and we're in for a slapup meal. I'm very lucky really.

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Post by lar-lar on Tue 09 May 2017, 11:21

24 Dec 2008


Thankyou searcher-all finished off now , we have to think of the things we have got and look on the bright side, you have a super day , and tell us all about it wont you.xx
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Post by lar-lar on Tue 09 May 2017, 11:22

Candlelight wrote:
Now why didn't I think of that? Yes, that's the one. I hadn't seen the one with the translation though.

Here they both are:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=z3U0udLH974

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=1JynBEX_kg8 - with translation


lovely!

searcher-just for you-i'll get some pics of my cats over christmas-mother and son - that is if you want to see them !
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Post by Feather on Tue 09 May 2017, 11:27

24 Dec 2008


Do you really need to ask that question, rainbows? Of course, I'd simply
LOVE to see them. You must know that already. I'd love to see Candlelight's
cats as well. Any chance, C?



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Post by Candlelight.kk on Tue 09 May 2017, 11:30

25 Dec 2008


Feather, I'd love for you to see my puddytats. I had piccies of them on my mobile phone, but that's the one that got ruined (fell in the cats' water bowl actually!) - and I don't have a digital thingamejig (camera) and even if I had - wouldn't know how to use it to get piccies up on comp ...

Hopefully, one day you can meet them for real. I'm gonna be a lot more organised in this coming year than I have been this past year. Not been a very good year for me what with one thing and another - but I'm happy to say that only in the past week most of my troubles have been sorted one way or another and it's only now that I'm able to say that I actually feel human again I can get back to being ME now. Roll on 2009 - I'm more than ready for ya!

Candlelight xxx

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