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It's Crying Time Again....
Author: Shiloh

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Winter's white is pushed away
by the warmth of April's wind,
and gives me pause, as I look out,-
to a certain frame of mind.

All winter long you lay beneath
thick blanketings of snow,
and as you slept, I wondered not,
but heard the chill wind blow.

Long days and longer nights I spent
without you by my side,
and more than once in those cold hours
I closed myself and cried.

Once you lived, and happy,-
you were more than just a friend.
You talked, you smiled, you called to me,
I couldn't see the end.

Then came the time you had to leave,-
I wished it wasn't so!
For there was much we'd yet to share...
It hurt to let you go.

The ground wherein you're laying now
is sacred ground to me,
because it wraps around you,
where my arms long to be.

Today I look there, where you are,
and think back o'er the years
of kitten, then of your elegance,
and I try to hold my tears.

Think not that you're forgotten,
as that could never be!
In mind, in heart, in memory,
you are still with me.

I truly miss the simple things,
but now I understand
I can't reach out to pet you,
and you can't push against my hand.

Those lost and treasured moments
are golden memories now,
and while they hurt, they comfort me:
"...to death, all life must bow."

No stone marks your final rest,
no words inscribed above,
but I visit you regardless,
and offer, still, my love.

------- Author's Notes -------

There are four beautiful cats, members of my family, buried in the back yard, and this poem is for each and every one, singly, not as a group; for Patches (Apr '88 - Nov '06), Whisper (Aug '99 - Oct '08), Autumn (2003 - May '12), and Toby (2003 - May '13)- I could not do a poem for all of them, but I was able to do one that I would read and intend for each of them alone, and in this it has become one for all.
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"Any household that has a cat in residence has no further need of any other sort of artwork."

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