The Cat

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Photo by Emma, age 5

Cat died today, faithful felon of old: my foot warmer, security blanket, and endless friend. I’m unprepared for grief. Let the cat in, let the cat out is no longer a routine in my day. As day breaks with morning’s new sunrise I will ponder how to fill the empty corners of life.

“O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory.” With cat’s passing I ponder death and loss: the unborn, the war orphan and the unexpected loss. I’m told we shall not all sleep, instead be changed. This soul will be given a new body. I will weigh the balances of life and death.

As days and weeks melt this grief I choose to move forward. Embrace someone who suffers more than I. Grasp the hope of each new day. Yet in the crook of some days I’ll page through the memories of cat and I… cat died today.

Over at dVerse we’re investigating prose poetry. Dedicated to Rachael who lost her cat today and being encouraged by I Corinthians 15:55 I attempts the intangible… prose poetry.

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13 thoughts on “The Cat

  1. So poignant, Patricia. I thought it so effective how you begin and end with the same phrase. Grief is such a long and individual process, isn’t it. I still haven’t cried over the death of my mom. But…

  2. Beautifully moving it is indeed.
    “As day breaks with morning’s new sunrise I will ponder how to fill the empty corners of life.” The death of a faithful furry friend brings with it emptiness and tears.
    Kind regards
    Anna :o]

  3. Your prose poem made me cry – it brought back memories of my wonderful cat, Tosca, who we lost last year. After months of debating whether we should find a new companion for Tosca’s daughter, we have embraced little Mojo, who is a joy and has so many of Tosca’s personality traits it seems as if Tosca never left us.

  4. It’s nice how you began and ended this with “cat died today” which brings one full circle back to the shock of what happened. I liked this sentence: “Embrace someone who suffers more than I.” which seems to be good advice.

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