Thursday, August 23, 2012

Whiskers

I carried her in my arms,
her weight no different than before
 and when I look back now,
it seemed to me that I glided along the blades of grass,
one by one, and try as I might,
 I could no more slow myself down than I could turn back time.
 The warmth of the sun encouraged a mourner's dirge
 played out in perfect time by the cicadas along with the accompaniment of Eli,
 his usual crow replaced with a woeful lament.
 It did not remain unnoticed, on this bright summer afternoon, 
that the loss felt heavy on the heart of every living being at this old farmhouse.

We lost Whiskers on Monday and as I carried her out past the pond 
memories came crashing in around me.
 I could regale you with the stories of Whiskers,
 how she came to be with us, first the male twin and I,
 then later the Artist and the girl twin too.
I could tell you how her first night with us she cried
 as story time was taking place upstairs
 and she was too little to climb up those tall steps by herself.
 I could tell you that she mastered those steps by the second night.
 And I could also tell you that by the third night,
she was waiting for us on the end of the bed,
ready for a bedtime story
and it remained that way for many, many years
 but all cats have their stories and all cats are special. 
The paw prints they leave on our hearts never fade.
 Most are fortunate enough to have a home where they are cared for and loved,
and even, with a stroke of good fortune, be adored. She certainly was.
She rests now, beyond the pond where the sun will awaken her spirit each morning,
 and tuck her in with the prettiest blanket of colours each night.
Our hearts are heavy
 but we are ever grateful for the chance to love and be loved in return,
 for in these short lives of ours, that is all that matters.
Godspeed Whisk
and
thanks for the love.



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And thank you, to new and old friends
who visited from Misha's blog
your messages have been a real comfort.


And to Misha ~
dear sweet Misha~
your friendship means the world to me.
Thank you for being you.


17 comments:

Deb said...

Your tribute to her is so beautiful, as was she. The photo with the out-stretched legs catches her character with those captivating eyes.
Once again, I send a hug to you because I know the loss and I feel your pain. Soon, every memory of her will bring a smile to your face while your heart heals. Hugs.

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

So sorry for your loss. You gave the gal a beautiful tribute!
Blessings
Patti

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

This was so beautiful! It brought memories of every cat I've lost back so vividly! Their friendships are so special! My heart goes out to you as you try to adjust without her in your house, but her soul will be with all of you forever! God Bless.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

What a lovely tribute to your dear friend. Happy to see you back and hoping there were some bright spots in your summer.

Buttons said...

Oh I am so sorry about Whiskers I remember all your stories and I am sad too.
This is a beautiful written tribute. Take care Hugs. B

vintage grey said...

Such a sweet and beautiful tribute! Such a precious cat and friend Whisk was to you and your family. Sending hugs, xo Heather

Mary Ann said...

Crying as I write this... so very sorry for your loss.

Deb said...

I'm so sorry, she's a beautiful kitty. She looks just like my Tommy who we lost two years ago. I still miss him.

Lynne said...

Beautiful . . .

Dog Trot Farm said...

I know the pain, mine too is still fresh, my Sweet Emma Lou, at the age of 21 went over the Rainbow Bridge. A lovely tribute to your dear kitty. I enjoyed your photos with the heartfelt text. I send you and your family healing thoughts and blessings too. Hugs, Julie.

Windy Meadows Farm said...

I'm sorry to hear your sad news...they truly become a part of our lives. We know the feeling of heavy hearts...we lost our 17 year old Chester in December. They're not "pets"...they really are part of the family with so many sweet memories. Sending blessings, -Mary

Michelle said...

So very sorry for your family. Losing a pet is always difficult. They truly are a part of the family.

ain't for city gals said...

A story such as this always reminds me of the song by Geroge Strait.."I could have missed the pain but I would have missed the dance"...I don't think any of us would have wanted to miss the dance. xoxo

as always starzie said...

So sorry for your loss! Being a cat lover myself, I totally understand how loosing one can be so heartbreaking! Take care and know that your beautiful kitty is in a special place where these sweet souls go! Perhaps Rainbow Bridge awaiting to see you again someday!

as always starzie said...

So sorry for your loss! Being a cat lover myself, I totally understand how loosing one can be so heartbreaking! Take care and know that your beautiful kitty is in a special place where these sweet souls go! Perhaps Rainbow Bridge awaiting to see you again someday!

as always starzie said...

So sorry for your loss! Being a cat lover myself, I totally understand how loosing one can be so heartbreaking! Take care and know that your beautiful kitty is in a special place where these sweet souls go! Perhaps Rainbow Bridge awaiting to see you again someday!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Loving you right back...
LYLAS!
xo, misha