Monday, November 2, 2015

Feline love

It's time for the Monday Haibun -                                       


Your image emerges from tufted white clouds as I paint the surrounding sky. Your portrait, within a rainbow's full arc, today I paint through teary eyes. I had not yet planned to make that particular small journey yesterday, but I'm glad I took the turn that led me north instead of south after I left you. Otherwise, I would not have seen what I saw before me: the sky parted and a rainbow appeared.

I watched as you sank to a lying position and folded your paws into my hand. Your eyes were open while I sang our favorite song to you; you purred just like you always do. I petted your pretty head and rubbed your ears between my fingers with my other hand. I told you we would be going home soon and pick up where we left off, watching the birds and other small animals. Because I knew you were tired and weary, I said things I knew you loved to hear. 




You are permanently etched into my heart, with me wherever I go. I know you understood how much I loved you, how much you meant to me. But it stuns me to realize how true was your love and all that I meant to you. I did not deserve the altruistic devotion you showed me, living only to please me, and it has been my unraveling. As you closed your eyes, I remembered the day I found you, decided to adopt and care for you. Through everything, you were by my side or on my lap, comforting me. 

 Loyal companion,
gift to my wandering soul -                                                                      
rest in peace, my friend


  1. This broke my heart. I had to put my cat down last week and it has done me in. Bless your heart. I am so sorry for your loss. I wrote a haibun to my SamCat last week. He was my dear friend too. Spencer is Kanzensakura

    1. Ahh...I am sorry for your loss as well. Thank you for stopping by..I will look up your haibun when I get over there and read today's, Thanks, Toni.

  2. So beautifully said. I dread the day.

    1. Thanks...I corrected the grammar...had 'her paws into mine' if I had paws, too. ;) Yes, and your Frankie is so adorable..not sure of the other one's name.

  3. So sorry to hear of your loss - so painful. That image of you sharing all of Katie's favourite things with her is particularly touching. I have a loyal, devoted companion like that - my first cat - and I can't imagine what it will be like if and when I lose her.

    1. Thanks, Marina, I hope you have a long time with your devoted companion. I'm not good for much today but will write and post a proper haibun to Bjorn's Van Gogh painting soon.

  4. This is heart breaking, and I think it would fit perfectly to the van Gogh... there are so much to draw from an image.:

    Your image emerges from tufted white clouds as I paint the surrounding sky. Your portrait, within a rainbow's full arc, today I paint through teary eyes.

    This could be exactly drawn from the image...

    Then of course you are welcome to do a second poem... I also reflect on how Toni just experienced the same devastating blow... I grew up with cats, and the end always came too soon.

    1. You are so insightful..thank you, Bjorn, for bringing up the correlations! I am amazed how that works. And I did post another.

  5. So very sad. My condolences to you on the death of your beloved friend.

    1. Thank you, Mary. I will b over there soon.

  6. Well.. first of all i am so glad
    you shared your heart with us..
    about your dear departed cat Katie..


    A community foremost.. no
    matter the rules at hand
    should be to share
    heart.. when
    heart is in
    need of comfort.. by expreSinG
    spirit in souls of seeking balance
    in mind
    and body
    senses and

    I've lost many dear companion
    cats.. in nows where they meet
    my only emotional heart
    of connecting.. spirit..
    and connection.. of
    mind and body
    anything at all..
    and they continue
    to save my life
    over and over
    as heart
    and spirit
    guides of
    fur and paws..

    And perhaps a
    cat could
    of saved
    life too...

    A soUl
    is US in
    PAws and hAnds

    1. My, you are right on with the spirit connection. Thank you, Kate Mia, for your response during this emotional time.

  7. Dang, Kathy--this really got to me...tears. I like to think that that rainbow bridge is not just a sweet idea, but a reality. For me, all my dogs that have gone before me are still a part of me. Perhaps are well-loved pets are given to us to teach us to believe. I'm sorry for your pain.

    1. Thank you, Victoria...there is a connection stronger than meets the eye.

  8. How very touching and condolences on the death of your beloved cat ~ The bonds will always stay with us ~

  9. Touching tribute to a much loved pet... strong opening line.

  10. How so touching Kathy! They are such adorable creatures that memories linger on!


  11. Oh Katie, so so sad, and so filled with love.

  12. Oh, I am so sorry, I have been in this place and it's so hard. Your love shines through in this piece, a beautiful tribute.

  13. I'm sorry you had to say "goodbye" to a dear companion! She must have been a very special feline friend.

  14. So sorry for your loss. It took me three years to find the courage after my two cats passed, to rescue my Bette...the unconditional love they give us IS comforting. Such a beautiful tribute. Love the image of the sky separating and a rainbow appears.

  15. I'm very sorry for your loss, Kathy. What a most meaningful and touching tribute you pay your dear friend. You can clearly feel the love and tenderness that you had between the two of you. Just this week I posted a poem that I had written about our cat that we lost not yet a year ago. I had started it soon after he died but couldn't seem to finish it until this week. I wish you well, Kathy.

  16. Sorry for your loss. Amazing how unconditionally those furry friends love their people!

  17. Oh this is such a poignant love tribute ... my heart goes out to you - I once knew that loss and so your haibun resonates in me like an echo. I'm so sorry for your loss. Bastet

  18. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend...and that is what they are....true, loyal and loving friends. I hope that writing this moving tribute gave you a little bit of comfort. Thanks for sharing.


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