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For Toby - a requiem

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kayjay
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0 posted 03-09-2004 08:47 AM       View Profile for kayjay   Email kayjay   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for kayjay

In days to come, the tales I'll tell
of a cat that's gone, he really was swell.
He'd come like a dog and play til he'd drop.
He'd roll and climb and maybe he'd hop.

Whene'er a stranger would come by the walk,
He'd run out to greet for a short little talk.
He'd roll on his back with feet in the air
As if to say "My tummy needs scratching....ahhhh right there!"

He called at my door one night long ago.
"I just need a meal, I'm hungry, you know."
A big guy was he, about 15 pounds,
Working the houses and making his rounds.

I rose from my table, my meal still hot,
For what was my food when he had not.
A run to the store was just what he needed.
I set out some food and called. How he heeded!

I left the door open that cold Autumn night.
But he said, after eating "Oh I'm all right."
I thought he was feral, he first seemed so shy.
But finally felt I was an ok guy.

A week went by, he settled right in
And joined the homesite as if he were kin.
He spoke many words as the years rolled by.
We talked of lots, my friend and I.

He'd a chocolate face and eyes quite blue
That said it all, his love for you.
In yard or in house, he never was far
He'd sit at the door awaiting my car.

The vet said "It's cancer:" I felt the tumor,
I knew it was true, that this was no rumor.
The rush in my head came as a great din.
I held him quite close as the needle went in.

Thank you, friend, for listening here
To all he gave me year after year.
I had but one gift for him in the end.
I gave him peace.  "Goodbye old friend"

[This message has been edited by kayjay (03-11-2004 04:15 PM).]

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1 posted 03-09-2004 09:01 AM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress


Oh my Ken...this is so very sad!
Such a well told but sad story.
Pets ask for so little yet give so much in return.
It's amazing how quickly they can become part of the family.
I'm so sorry for your loss..hugs to you m'friend.

~ Time has cast a spell on you,
   So you won't ever forget me ~

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2 posted 03-09-2004 09:11 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I know this loss, this huge vacancy you feel...
corners will never be the same,
three years from now a stray bit of brown hair
attached to a curtain's hem will bring a rush of smile,
and a knowing nod,
"Yes, you were very real, little begger..."

and for a moment in life
you were both blessed by one another's
unconditional give and take
of well come.


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3 posted 03-09-2004 10:04 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

kayjay
Sorry for the loss, enjoyed the read.
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4 posted 03-09-2004 10:08 AM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

you write the pain of this all so very well and make it something beautiful for all to read.  Hugs.
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5 posted 03-09-2004 10:35 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

I am sure that Toby is eternally grateful for the release ~ and for your years of love and devotion.

~ A very memorable requiem...

Love & Eternal Life,
EA
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6 posted 03-09-2004 10:39 AM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

Ken, I'm sorry. I know that you
miss him.
Hugs,
Ethel
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7 posted 03-09-2004 11:52 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

a tender poignant write, for all the Tobys, and the hearts they've captured
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8 posted 03-11-2004 04:41 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

this is touching
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9 posted 03-11-2004 09:17 AM       View Profile for J.Samm   Email J.Samm   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit J.Samm's Home Page   View IP for J.Samm

i never liked pets, but now I understand why people can get so attached to them. real sad and touching.
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10 posted 03-11-2004 09:24 AM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Beautiful and so full of touching love.
I have gone through this too.
But I still dream of my cat King Mizar 1st. He is still very close .... wish you to continue to be in touch with yours. It's the cats' speciality actually! ... and in the right moment a new pet will knock at your door, trust.
Love and peace. Margherita
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11 posted 03-11-2004 09:44 AM       View Profile for kayjay   Email kayjay   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for kayjay

I thank you all who've come to call
and signed this quiet note.
I couldn't speak; I felt so bleak,
yet penned these words I wrote.
This gentle friend came to his end;
There's not much else to say.
But you dropped by to just say hi
and helped my on my way.  Ken

Through rubble and trouble and dark of night
The yawn of a dawn will hasten the light

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12 posted 03-11-2004 10:21 AM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Ken, as I sit here with my dear pup Meeka on my lap as I read, I can feel your pain.
Pets are the truest of friends. I am so sorry. hugs, Chris
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13 posted 01-25-2005 02:47 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Oh... you remind me so of my friend I still miss desperately... cancer got her, too.

Beautiful tribute. *S*
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14 posted 01-26-2005 10:45 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria


They are great buddies those cats, and mine died of cancer as well.  Sorry about your friend.
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