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  • Unlike losing a lover, only to find

    there was a useful lesson gained

    and a complete claim on the

    once fought over blanket,

    your absence makes me ache

    as if I’ve lost a child.

    I never imagined I’d miss

    the messes you’d made,

    splashing water from the bowl

    over the kitchen floor, making

    my socks wet or the litter

    spread everywhere, unnerving.

    There’s another who misses you,

    he can’t say it, but he makes the

    same seeking sound he did when

    you disappeared as a kitten,

    a low chirping noise met up

    with a heartbroken howl.

    I doubt time will help much

    and I will always kick myself

    for not being a better whatever

    I was with you. You’re the only

    cat ever who made eye contact

    with such impressive expression.

    Perhaps, we will visit in dreams

    like I’ve done with someone I

    lost long ago. Perhaps the sun

    will be shining on you as it did

    that day before I awoke, leaving

    a land where for a moment

    loss is washed away,

    a second an eternity.

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