After nineteen years on this planet Earth
We said goodbye to you today, Skittle.
Our fingers felt bones and clumps when petting you.
Scarcely able to raise your head I scratched.
You always loved that and still calmly purred,
Curled and reclined on cushioned cream couch top.
My son chose you in San Diego
When you were a lively frisky kitten.
When he went to med-school he left you here.
We grew to love your energetic way:
Mercurial with orange, brown and white fur.
Strangers heard your hissy-fits and feared you.
We grew to love our new-found feline friend.
You succeeded pretty fluffy Snowball
With an unrivaled personality.
Our retrievers knew to keep their distance.
We sensed you were aware your time drew near.
Gentle wide green yellow eyes revealed love.
Showed no fear and hid your deep inner pain.
Our family spent precious time with you
Before you slipped away with your last breath.
Finding your spot where you laid down for good
At the place where your constant companion
Put her feet while teaching her fifth graders
To problem solve and write creatively.
Your chosen space honored your closest friend
Who had made a comfortable home with view
Of a fountain where birds rested and drank
Surrounded by blue and white hibiscus,
Rabbits, squirrels, and colorful flowers
Wafting fragrance through an open window.
We weren't sure that you were gone while you slept
But knew that you had left us forever
When we felt your rigid figure today.
Our once bouncy blazing cat is now stilled
But your fiery spirit lingers on.
We each prepared your final resting place
Prominent before our flower garden,
With yellow roses at your meadow bed,
And statue honoring the joy you brought.
We will always feel your warmth, life, love and
See your gentle eyes, and hear your purring.