A Poem by Alexander Emberson

The guilt and the excruciating sadness of saying goodbye to a faithful companion.

My cat died in my arms.
Her steady heartbeat slowed like our thoughts before sleep.
"It was for the best"
I told myself looking through tears to a world
blurred by guilt and sorrow.
Friends for 77 years.
When I was sure I'd absorbed the last of her pain,
I laid her down like a newborn child,
and closed her empty eyes.
Then I buried my cat as the sun slinked slowly away.

© 2012 Alexander Emberson

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Added on October 27, 2012
Last Updated on October 27, 2012
Tags: pets, dogs, cats, animals, kittens, puppies, love, sadness, death, loss, guilt, companions, feline


Alexander Emberson
Alexander Emberson

Saint Louis, MO

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