Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Do not grieve me, I am still here - a poem


I was laying in bed a while back and I was thinking about how old my kitties are. I was snuggling Muffin and I was grieving losing her, which I know is pointless but I couldn't help it.. when I heard very clearly "But I am still here". This came out of that moment.


Oh, darling, I have such fear,
You are old and you are feeble...

But momma, I am still here.


I worry that one day you will be gone,
You have kidney issues and joint issues...

But momma, I am still here.


Your time is not promised, the end will one day come,
It will hurt and my heart will break..


But momma, I am still here



20 comments:

  1. I can relate to this, with Benny still being here at age 18. But, we need to be like a cat and live in the moment. Treasure each day we have with them.

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  2. very very important for all of us to remember in those dark moments

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  3. For me, it's when they're "bugging" me for attention when I'm trying to get something done. I have to stop, take a breath, remember time is short and give them the snuggle they want.

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  4. Anonymous9:39 AM

    My old lady cat is 20. and it's obvious her time is coming, and soon, and I'm having a very hard time with it. I need to get her to the vet, she's skin and bones and obviously uncomfortable. but she still follows me around and begs for food and attention. it's so hard to let that go.

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  5. I can so relate....but enjoy the time you have and fear not for what is to come. ~Island Cat Mom

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  6. Anonymous11:09 AM

    I so relate to this. Not just with my cats, but with my mother who has dementia.
    Jan (Milo and Alfie's mom)

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  7. I'm another one who can relate all to well - and try to use these moments to let my girls know how much I appreciate them. Lovely poem. Thank you for the reminder.

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  8. I so understand and I do struggle with this since Abby opened that door to loss and absence. With Boo turning 15 on the 1st and my other two seniors creeping up on their 16th birthdays (that I know of) I have this same sense of dread. Boo, PIng & Jinx all came to me together as a trio, I just pray I don't lose them that way too. I have no way of knowing their ages but I've had them with me since 2004 and they weren't kittens when they arrived. They could all be close to 18 for all I know. So the youngest they are is 15-16. Annabelle is already 6. Your Muffin is so beautiful and what a lovely depiction of the love she obviously has for you as well.

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  9. I have leaky eyes, sitting in the office, with my sore heart aching.

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  10. That’s beautiful and so true. I notice Treeno isn’t playing with my kittens the way he did with Matisse two years ago. It’s hard to think he’s slowing down. I know he’s 12, but I’m not ready to even think about losing him.

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  11. we all go through this; even though boomer was mom's cat, I feared and yes cried often, at the days he had left. this poem is beautiful, maggie is too ~~~~♥♥

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  12. I can relate really. Emma is 10 years old and I find myself snuggling with her and telling her to stay by my side longer than necessary. In fact I keep whispering, Do Not Leave me!

    Emma and Buster

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  13. Sending hugs. I do remember this with Ryker.

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  14. Binga is still here, and she reminds my human frequently! She was sick for a few weeks, first with a UTI, and then from the antibiotics she needed to take for it. My human knew Binga was feeling better when she started biting her ankles again.

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  15. Mine are only 9, 6, and 5 but I'm already bracing, for the inevitable and have been since they came. It's because we love them so much, and because we are not the sort of people who won't have cats because cats eventually die and that's too hard. We know it's unbelievably hard, too, but we're not going to favor that over the rest of the journey: all the years of loving them and enjoying all they have to give and all we get to give back.

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  16. I've been there. Try not to let it steal up on you too much while you're spending time with her so you can enjoy how wonderful her company is. All we can do is love them lots while they're here. <3

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  17. I try to live in the moment and give my boys lots of love and attention. I want them to know I love them with all my heart. I can't imagine my life without them. We won't ever forget the ones we've lost.

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  18. Beautiful post ! Our humans all go through this at one time or another... Purrs

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  19. How well the pictures illustrate that beautiful poem. She certainly spoke to you.

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  20. I relate to this with leaky eyes, still grieving the two I lost a little over a year ago. My one and only now is young at age two and healthy, but I no longer take that for granted after losing one of my last two to FIP at age 5. They are ours for too short of time no matter how many years, we must enjoy each day and moment to its fullest.

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