I’ve debated with myself if Dr D. would approve of what I am going to post. I did not ask her for a yea or a nay. Since she does about one euthanasia on average each week and sometimes more, I thought that some of her clients might find some comfort in this poem that I wrote for Dr. D. back in 1999. She still misses this dear little cat. In Dr. D’s words, “she made me laugh when I was down and brought me comfort when I was in pain. Athena will always be my most beloved cat. I think of her everyday.”
So the following poem was written in an effort to try to ease her pain. I wrote and re-wrote it many times- staying up until 3 or 4am after getting home from work at midnight. I worked on this little poem for probably 2 weeks or more. I just remember that I labored to try to find the right words. I’m not really into writing poetry. I find it very difficult to try to get the wording to flow. Keep in mind that it was written from my heart and it is not a polished poem.
Someday I’ll write Athena’s story. I think it will touch your heart.
The Day You Told Me Goodbye
It was fate and destiny that led you my way
Thank you dear Lisa for finding me that day
You rescued me as a wild, dying kitten and gave me life
I shared your good times, the bad times, your pain, and strife
My life with you was filled with warmth and tender care
And other pets whose love for you, I could share
I am gone now, you told me goodbye- please don’t be sad
Remember the happiness we shared together and be glad
The mornng I left you, my breath became the wind that gave me wings,
To live on in spirit and in the wind that sings
I will touch your face as a warm raindrop on a summer day
You’ll hear my purr as a hummingbird darting among the flowers of May
I am still following you with footsteps that you can not hear
For I am your guardian angel now and I will always be near
I am free and wild again but I’m with you in my spirit though we are apart
You will see me again in other pets who will know the goodness of your heart
I will live on in the beauty of a butterfly and in the music of the wind
And one day you’ll find me as a tiny kitten in need, waiting to be your friend.
Poem by Yvonne September 21, 1999