Monday, June 11, 2007

To Suzanne & Her Momma


With much love & respect:


Prayer for a cat by Phylis Feiner Johnson


Treat me kindly, dear master. Accord me the courtesy due to a cat — and I
for my part will love you, amuse you and cheer your heart as only a cat can do.
Give me a sunny spot to sleep in when morning dawns and I will warm your lap
on cold evenings.
Respect my independence and my need to walk alone at times
and I will look after myself, so that you may come and go as you please.
Speak to me in our secret kitty language, let me hear my name sung in the
music of your voice, and I will meow happily in sweet harmony with you.
Stroke my fur gently and lovingly and I will soothe you with the soft purrs
that can only come from a happy cat.
Indulge my curiosity and I will show
you the joys of bird watching, star gazing and other kitty pleasures.
Play
with me and see me rejoice! Toss a humble ball of yarn and I will delight you
with my cleverness and acrobatic leaps.
But do not laugh at me or allow me
to be teased for there is nothing I prize more than my dignity.
Keep my
surroundings neat and clean and I will be fastidious in my habits.
Feed me
and be fair and I will teach you how to tell "kitty time" by instinct and tummy
tunes.
And when I am old and the time comes to say farewell, hold me gently
in your arms and I will go without a whimper.
For with you I am trusting,
safe and secure. A cat who walked alone but loved you with a full and happy
heart.

12 comments:

Marilyn MonREOW said...

That's a beautiful prayer. It made Mom cry. Our hearts go out to dear Suz and her sweet mom.

Caesar and Princess said...

Wonderful.
Gosh, we are so sad.

Daisy said...

My eyes are leaking; this is a very sad day. What a sweet poem, too.

Miss Peach>(^,^) said...

Before I leave to come over, I thought I would read your poem. Now my furrrrs are all wet again and mommy said I am not fit for travel until I clean up my face. So I will be late, but I promise no make~up:) because I am sure to cry all over you before this sad day is done. I thank God for sending you to me and that my Suz approved...your tribute is more love than most humans will ever know in their lifetimes.
Luf your girl Peach>(^,^)<

Chairman Mao said...

*****sniffles***** that's just bee-yootiful and I'm all leaky.

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao.

jcfloresinc said...

Beautiful. Mom is crying again. We are so sad. We will miss Suzanne.
Samantha, Tigger and Mom

Lux said...

That's so beautiful. I'm going to miss Suzanne.

Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

That was a wonderful tribute!

Karen Jo said...

What a lovely prayer! Your tribute to Suzanne is wonderful. We are all going to miss her so much.

Parker said...

That was lovely. Now we have leaky eyes again...

Dragonheart said...

I am very sad that Suzanne went to the bridge.

Benjamin2 said...

fiona and ali, thank you so much for the tribute to my sister. mom and i miss her so very much! it will be hard here at our house for awhile.

i'm looking forward, though, to getting to be friends with both of you!

--benjamin (who just might drop the '2' and i think i'm a good cat in my own right!)