To Bury A Cat

To Bury A Cat

A Poem by Tomás Ó Cárthaigh

We lost a cat here in Renmore lately. Sometimes such a death brings out the best in men.


To Bury A Cat

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Those who think the cat but a beast,
Has not their humanity seen:
When in their final hours return
To where they, as a kitten had been…

Lay their head upon a bed…
To which they handed on their last leap!
Cradled like the kitten they were by those who reared it,
As it passed to eternal sleep…

Eyes open last, but there was no life:
As it lay in front of fire…
Loyal as a dog, in their own way…
To such devotion can many aspire?

We dug its grave, both wide and deep…
Midnight moon shining above:
An honour to dig, in the Irish tradition…
Stoic men, bury beast, that too is love.

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© 2019 Tomás Ó Cárthaigh

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i am a cat person...mine has cancer...this hit home...and she has always acted more like a dog.

Posted 6 Months Ago

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I love my cats too. They are my greatest fans. Always hard to lose a animals. They become our good friend.

Posted 6 Months Ago

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Added on April 22, 2019
Last Updated on April 22, 2019
Tags: cat, death, pet, burial


Tomás Ó Cárthaigh
Tomás Ó Cárthaigh

Renmore, Galway, Ireland, An Roinne Mór, Gallaimh, Eire, Ireland

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