Goodbye Skittle Our Old Purring Gentle Friend

                           Goodbye Skittle Our Old Purring Gentle Friend


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.


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About Daniel C. Lavery

Dan’s writing shows his transformation from a child to an athlete and a Duke pre-ministerial student where he began to question ancient and arbitrary dogma. He graduated from Annapolis, navigated a Navy jet, and a ship to Vietnam, fell in love, turned peace activist and a civil rights lawyer for Cesar Chavez's UFW. His memoir, "All the Difference," describes the experiences, some humorous and others deadly, that changed his consciousness from a pawn to an advocate crusading for justice against some of the most powerful forces in America.

4 thoughts on “Goodbye Skittle Our Old Purring Gentle Friend

    • Hi Merle: Thanks for your kind thoughts. I know you love pets as we do. We bought a statue of an orange cat to place at her resting spot in front of our garden surrounded by orange and yellow roses. Dan

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