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Author Name: PremiumCorin 15 Comments
Date Added: January 13, 2007 20:01:33 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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A Dignified Death
All day the cat lay dying
In the dog's basket.
The dog gave up his bed
Willingly enough;
Surprised by unaccustomed licence,
He kept approaching
To sniff the curled ball
Of fur and bones
And, receiving no rebuff,
Licked gently at ungroomed coat
Then retired.

Cats do most things with dignity,
Dying included.
The quiet folds of black and white
Moved ocassionally
From one awkward position to another.
At the end
The long black tail,
Too exhausted to wrap around
A weary body,
Hung loosely over the blanket's edge.
There was no complaint -
Just long determined endurance
In the face of final fatigue
And slow fading
Of the bright world.

Who is to say that
A cat's death
Is any easier than a man's?
Should any man
Need to know how to die
Let him comfort
A quiet cat
In the last hours
Of the ninth life.
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Comment By: FreeStar on March 9, 2009 07:20:07 PM Report
What a wonderful write this is David, so deserving of the award. Having had a kennel of show dogs, it touched my heart. All of my dogs were house dogs..

 

Stari*

Comment By: PremiumLindaM on August 29, 2008 11:59:58 PM Report
 

David, I am so glad that you sent me a link to this glorious piece.|
I see that it won gold back in 2007 during my absence from CP.
It is beautifully penned and touches the heart of anyone who
has ever loved a pet. Well done is an understatement.
Linda

Comment By: FreeRin Marie on July 19, 2007 03:32:57 PM Report
This poem comes with a well deserved award David.  Congratulations.  I hope my death comes as peacefully as is did to your cat.  I'm sorry for your loss.

 

Love, Rin

Comment By: FreeCindy Bendel on April 16, 2007 12:15:24 PM Report
David...congrats on the award....this poem is so full of feeling and care. I have 3 cats...(17yrs, 16 yrs, and 6 years) I love them dearly...they surely will leave an empty space in my life if they should pass....this is such a tender write, filled with love for a family pet....wonderfully detailed.

~Cindy

Comment By: FreeJames Thomas Whitworth on January 27, 2007 06:02:10 AM Report
Congratulations on the award, David; the pick of the litter, so to speak.
Comment By: FreeCynthia Jones on January 24, 2007 08:49:31 AM Report
Congrats on your muchly deserved award. *S* Whispering Winds
Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on January 23, 2007 08:16:45 PM Report
Veey lovely dead cat poem..:O)...len
Comment By: FreeJeff on January 23, 2007 04:10:37 PM Report
Moving write David.

Congratulations on it's award.

 

Jeff

Comment By: TrialAnn on January 22, 2007 06:47:25 PM Report
Well done David. Congratulations.


Comment By: FreeAdri on January 22, 2007 04:02:51 AM Report
A wonderful poem...  Congratulations on this.  Cats are all this and more... 
Adri x

Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on January 22, 2007 02:06:58 AM Report
Congratulations David. Bravo! It pained me to read this again...the sentiment really gives my heart a tight squeeze. You are a great spokesperson for this delicate subject. Fine penning, I am pleased to see this poem win the FP award.

 

~Barbara~

Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on January 21, 2007 07:54:43 PM Report
David:  congratulations on this super write and your Feature Poem Award.

 

Lady Dragonwyck

Comment By: FreeAlison Storm Wolf on January 16, 2007 01:36:05 PM Report
Crying and crying some more. A masterpiece of understanding of the animal nature and dignity.

I don't think I have ever read a more in depth study since Robert Burn's 'To a Mouse'

I grieve for you all (dog included) on your loss.

A fav of course.

Ali x

ps When I moved to the country my beloved pushka was out fighting every night establishing his patch. I got used to seeing him coming in battered and bloodied.

However, when he started to sleep in the meter cupboard I knew he was really ill and took him to the vet. Animals have integrity and dignity beyong the average human being.

 

I give thanks that your cat knew a loving home in his time on earth.

 

Comment By: FreePamela A. Lamppa on January 14, 2007 08:14:57 AM Report
Excellent.  Beautiful, careful, and simply excellent.  I am moved beyond words...~Pam
Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on January 13, 2007 08:23:14 PM Report
This poem really got to me because I am a cat lover who has two black and white cats. One of them is 14 years old and I worry every time the big mess doesn't snore or giggle a bit. I love him to bits and fear his time is drawing close. Cats are dignified animals and go quietly to their death.

 

I loved the last line here, it grabbed me. Nice work David.

 

~Barbara~





 


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