The Cat

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.


  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Good use of the refrain, as one of the things which makes this poetry.


  2. kaykuala h says:

    Most devastating to lose a loved one be it a cat or someone close. The emptiness persists for some while, a long while for some! Very true Pat!



  3. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    cat as the missing piece in this prose poem is profoundly moving – I liked how you took Corinthians for comfort


  4. 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…


    1. wolfsrosebud says:

      It will come. May you heal through the washing of tears.

      On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 8:56 PM Wolfsrosebud's Blog wrote:



  5. I mourn cat with you! Such a companion deserves such a tribute!


  6. It’s amazing how important our animals can be. This is a lovely piece.


  7. A loving tribute to cat…..and to the resilience of the human spirit to carry on and “embrace someone who suffers more”. A beautiful read!


  8. hypercryptical says:

    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]


  9. ‘In the crook of some days…’ keep the memories and leaf through them. Lovely gentle sentiments.


  10. kim881 says:

    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.


  11. A sad tale and just as Frank said, I love how you started and begun the same way.


  12. Grace says:

    Beautifully moving, with love and reflections on life and death ~ We are all changed but we must strive to move one ~


  13. frankhubeny says:

    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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