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the things left behind [taken 18 April '06]


Without Whiskey

A year of days without you.
A year of nights without you.

No more cosy rainy afternoons.
No more cuddling reading and purring.
No more glares from a cold radiator.
No little fleece lying waiting only for you.
No need to leave the bedroom door open now.
No need for cat milk.
No lilac food plate in the kitchen.
No silver water bowl for madam.
No more litter to clean up,
(I never thought I'd miss that, but I do)

Less and less fur on my clothes.
A solitary claw sheath now and then.
No new rips in the wallpaper.
The sofa will stay half-shredded.
The bedpost will count no more scratches.
You didn't get time to claw this duvet cover.

No more stray catnip mice around this house.
No more flying leaps onto my head at night.
No more tripping me up in the doorways.
No more running to me when I whistle.
It's no fun singing 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
without you here to stare in shock and disgust -
(and sometimes, I think, a little admiration)
I wonder if you miss the poetry readings too.
Sitting patiently while I read you
the entire book of T. S. Eliot cat poems.
Or do you stop by sometimes?
I think you do.

A year of days and nights without you.
No more "me&cat" - no more you.

There will be many years without you,
this was just the first.
The years without you will never
take away the years we had.

(thank you my little darling - sleep peacefully)

© Morney Wilson, April '06


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diekia
Apr. 18th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry... our furry family members will always be missed.
DieKs
opheliablue
Apr. 18th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yes - and thank you :) I had her for 16 years - I do miss her a lot but I'm so grateful to have had her and had her for so long.
hennepin
Apr. 18th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
What a difficult thing to have to go through... I've revisited this post multiple times today and am deeply moved by it. Thank you for sharing your experience and your memories of Whiskey -- as someone who belongs to another extraordinary cat and wouldn't know what to do without her, I empathize. *warm hugs*
opheliablue
Apr. 18th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you for saying that - it's lovely. I had such a strong idea in my head of what kind of photo I wanted to be able to take and what kind of poem and it turned out how I'd pictured it - it's nice to hear that from a fellow cat lover :)

as someone who belongs to another extraordinary cat..."

haha... isn't that exactly how it is!

I had Whiskey for 16 years - I never thought I'd be able to cope with losing her - it's been really hard but I've got to the point now where I'm just grateful to have had her and for so long. It's turned now from something I felt I'd lost into something I feel I gained.
brigidforest
Apr. 19th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
what a beautiful poem, because it captures all those moments that are so intimate, so irreplaceable and so ordinary at the same time. i'm so sorry.
opheliablue
Apr. 19th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
Thank you - so intimate, so irreplaceable and so ordinary at the same time... - that's exactly what I wanted to put into it - thanks for saying that :)
ponyhead
Apr. 19th, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
Yes, it is the strangest, and simplest things you miss sometimes. But that poem is a lovely way of remembering her - it must've been quite bitter-sweet to write, but I'm sure it has helped you also.

I'll send Tabby a message to get up off his cloud-bed for a bit and wander over to make sure Whiskey is doing OK ;)
opheliablue
Apr. 19th, 2006 08:21 am (UTC)
Thank you :) Yeah - it was bitter-sweet to write - getting her things out again and taking the photo made me very tearful, but in a good way. It really did help.

And thanks re Tabby! That's so sweet - maybe Whiskey can recite one of T. S. Eliot's cat poems to him!
luckylove
Apr. 20th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
That's a beautiful poem.

*hugs*
opheliablue
Apr. 21st, 2006 08:55 am (UTC)
Thank you :) x
blondeleo
Apr. 21st, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
Hi! You don't know me, but you just took some of my icons, so I decided to see who you were.
I have a cat named Whiskey actually, so this entry caught my attention. It's a beautiful poem!
opheliablue
Apr. 23rd, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)
Ah :) Hi to your Whiskey!

Thanks re the poem and thanks for letting me use your icons - I really like them.
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