A LASTING IMAGE

Borrowed images, pertinent pictures.

From my FB friends
From my FB friends
Has passed but is an everyday motivator for me
Has passed but is an everyday motivator for me
Thrown away
Thrown away
One of a dozen worthy goals
One of a dozen worthy goals
Underground railroad kitty rescue from FB
Underground railroad kitty rescue from FB
Rescued Kansas cats now residing in Calif.
Rescued Kansas cats now residing in Calif. | Source

Our Eyes See, Our Hearts Heal

This morning, as I was preparing for the day, the tv was on in the background; droning on with words I did not truly hear. A montage of sound and flickering impulses. I walked towards the remote with the intention of surfing to another channel; one that I watch regularly. I hit the wrong number...and what unfolded before me was completely unexpected and stunningly shocking...it was too late; I hoped for a good ending..for a miraculous happy ending. This was not to be. I finally broke from the spell of what I had just witnessed and, as if numb, changed the channel. Too late. Without going into any detail about this 'news item' which will, forever now, be etched in memory, the simple poem below is my attempt to sooth; to soften and to send healing love to the victim who did not survive the assault. Thank you for reading.



Helpless little one imprisoned for spite

Alone, abandoned on a cold bleak night

Left to stand against threats, severe

Stalking now, drawing near



I heard it on the news today,

What drew my attention I cannot say

Why did I search, why did I ask

Now left holding an image

I cannot mask



What reason could there possibly be

That delivered the picture directly to me?

I did not arrive by happenstance

This did not occur by haphazard chance


What purpose does this image serve

A truth that severs the rawest nerve

And burns like fire; stings like ice

Which spurs to action; I won’t think twice


I do not believe it a coincidence

That to witness your fate, I was sent

My heart aches to the core

I cannot stand very much more


As little ones suffer, and gone too soon

Because of this, my life feels ruined


A world filled with wonder

Could be ours to hold

But our world is ruled by plunder

One such as this; cruel and cold


Preys upon weakness, the innocent and pure

Is there no turning back?

Is there no cure?



My thoughts are reeling

From the pain that I’ve seen

I cannot shake this feeling

Of a world turned mean


So much worldwide suffering

In every heartbreaking way

“Bless the beasts and the children”

Fills my prayers every day


Immobilized, pinioned, paralyzed,

By the picture I have memorized

Which will own my nights; rule my days

And ignites a fire with the fiercest blaze


Emboldened now, no questions asked

With doubled conviction,

I am equal to this task



As stalwart defender and faithful friend

I fear, this battle shall never end

I will not see the last of it

But a pyre of fury has been aptly lit

The depth of this reality holds me fast

Which, forever fuels this flame to last


Until my final breath is taken

Until, in loving arms, I awaken

Holding close those beings who suffered so

This is my mission; my personal goal


So, please, rest in peace sweet soul, little one

Your painful experience on this earth is done

Your soul soars to the Heavens above

Surrounded by magnificent love

I’ll see you soon, I’ll hold you tight

Until then, little one…rest well

Good night.




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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love your mission! You have such heart. I love the photo of you and all the cats. I just lost one and "only" have five now. He was an old guy I adopted when the lady next door died. I joked about being his Hospice care. He was a special soul and won me over for the 2 1/2 years he was here with me. Anyway, all we can do is keep trying to save them, one sweet soul at a time. I don't understand how people can treat them poorly. Makes me sick. I loved your poem. Sharing this one!


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Pages-By-Patty 4 years ago from Midwest

Simply beautiful.


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roxygurl464 4 years ago from New Jersey

Beautifully written. We saved my baby boy, Stewie, from a shelter, he was pretty close to being put down:( I'm so glad we have him in our lives now. I don't know exactly what he went through with his previous owners, but I can tell you that the state he was in when we got him was not pretty. I hope the punishment for animal cruelty becomes stricter and that more people realize what great pets and companions rescue animals can be.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hello Victoria...I know you are one who loves and appreciates life...and this includes the innocents among us...thank you! i am not surprised that this resonates with you; particularly your most recent prose/poetry and story...such empathy. thank you Victoria

Hi Patty....thank you. I know you are right there beside me and Victoria and so many others who go that extra step for the betterment of all. I appreciate your visit.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Too many of them, of all sorts, are ruling our days and nights.....

"Immobilized, pinioned, paralyzed,

By the picture I have memorized

Which will own my nights; rules my days

And ignite a fire with the fiercest blaze"

I DON'T KNOW (yet) WHAT you've seen, Lucky Cats, but I could feel your shock while I was reading this poem. This is what writing is all about - to make people FEEL reality.

Voted up and awesome!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Kathy, I was just looking at the photo of the cats again. I just noticed there's a mirror there. It's so cool--cats everywhere. I was studying it, trying to look at the reflections and tell how many real cats are there. It's such a neat shot. How many real cats are in the photo? 6, I think, maybe? I love that photo! It's like cat heaven!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

This is so powerfully written; a true work of art, crying about injustice, pain, cruelty....this is what writing is all about! Bravo my friend!


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ahorseback 4 years ago

Hey Lucky Cats , I was getting a little sentimental , introspective and taking about life with my brother in law this weekend and told him..... " If someone said to me , I will take your dogs or your home , I would say take my home ", now that I have thought about it for a day or two ?..............I still say the sme thing ! Awesome poem ! I'm with you .......:-}


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Lucky cats....What a sad and touching story....but with Angels like you around, there'll always be someone who cares and saves these little innocent creatures. I cannot look at the horrors they show on the news and other programs about such neglect and abuse. I can barely stand to hear about them

Through the years, I've had over 20 cats....one at a time....although right now I have 2. I always adopt my babies from shelters.....and they always become much loved members of our family

Thank you for this reminder to all......do not be cruel...ever...to any living thing!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Roxygurl464...so happy to hear that you rescued Stewie from a shelter...this is the best news~! I sincerely thank you for this. Histories of rescued and saved animals are always a guess; we just don't know but, we change their lives for the best. I agree with you about stricter animal cruelty laws. I sure hope the perpetrator who did this is imprisoned forever...deserving no less a punishment.. Thank you, roxygurl!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Martie, my friend...well, this one pretty much put a halt to my day and sent me into a deep sadness...I called Al, I wrote this little hub, and I tried to get the thing out of my mind. Yes, very tough; this one. Thank you so much for caring and such a nice comment; I appreciate what you've said about my writing; and this painful subject matter. thank you dear.

Victoria; yes; there is a mirror in the room. And, 4 of the kitties in the picture are Smokey Mama's....the only one not pictured is little Toby...they've all grown into beautiful kittens. Smokes is here too and all are, of course, spayed/neutered/tested and vaccinated. There are 15 living in this 30' x 12' cottage w/an outdoor enclosed cattery. We just laid sod in it yesterday and they have all the comforts of home. thank you, again, Victoria

Hello Billybuc..so pleased to see your comment and so highly appreciative of your words....thank you! The greatest compliment we, writers , can receive....I am honored.

Awwwwwww.....ahorseback....yes, here you are and I am so pleased. It has been quite a while since I"ve found time to read your beautiful writing...but I remember your heart...and, again, am confirmed in my belief that you are a good man...one who cares about our furry friends...this is a win win and big plus in my 'book.' Thank you so much...yours are very lucky pups! thank you.

Hello fpherj48...I know you understand the love and companionship of our animal companions...and the pain runs deep when confronted w/abuse; harm done to an animal. It really floors me..I do feel the fear and pain i imagine they experienced....and mourn for the fact that they left this earth in such an ugly, bewildering way. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your care and support of animals and this sentiment. it is people like you who will make a difference in the big picture and DO make a difference every day on an individual basis. Thank you so much for this! Just knowing this relieves a bit of the hurting. Your new HP friend, kathy


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Victoria; there are actually eight cats in the picture....Shylow, Toby (he is there in the background to my right), Mama Mia, Socks, Pepper, Jeter, Adrian and Purr. Shylow, Toby, Pepper and Jeter are Smoky Mama's kittens....I'm pretty sure that "Adrian" is Adrian but, since it is from the back, it could be Clowdy, who is also Smoky's 5th kitten.


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

I would hate to know what you saw that disturbed you so. We live in a hateful world full of cruelty.

Mournful poem, full of emotion and pain. Voted up...


diogenes 4 years ago

I just hope for the sake of much of mankind there is no God or judgement day. If I could see the keyboard I would write more.

Excellent, passionate verse.

Bob


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you Augustine and Bob. Yes, horrific does not even begin to describe it and I shall never ever describe it to another; this would serve no purpose but to hurt. I wish I hadn't seen this but....I did. Esta es la vida..! I apologize for feeling so sorry for myself...it isn't about me...this is for those who suffer in the grasp of angry hands. Thank you for understanding comments. Kathy


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Oh, Kathy! Such a heart-wrenching, painful, full of tears story. It is a touching, heartfelt and deep thoughtful poem, such an emotional journey. The world could be such a cruel place sometimes, but Thank Heavens for people with huge hearts like you! Amazing pictures, so loving and sweet.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Awwwww Beyond Max...you are such a dear one. Thank you so very much for leaving such a wonderful comment....it is obvious that you have deep and true feelings about so much in life..and this makes you dearer to me. Yes, this was and is a tragic event; I couldn't sleep last night; I kept waking w/the image in the forefront of my subconscious and, as we tend to do...my mind trying desperately to "fix it." Writing this hub helps to dispel a little of the hold it has on me....your comment is right up there w/healing effects, too. You are fantastic!


We save cats 4 years ago

Great poem, Kathy, great friends. These comments should touch your heart as much as that horrible thing did; and help you keep the faith. Our world is a hard place, but obviously full of love. I love you too. See you soon! I liked this poem on fb.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you my dearest friend, Al....you know me better than anyone. This one was particularly difficult. Love you, too. See you soon.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Kathy my friend if I had any doubts before I don't anymore - you are definately an angel and a guardian angel not just for cats but for all things that suffer.

This hub is so sad and yet does end beautifully:

"So, please, rest in peace sweet soul, little one

Your painful experience on this earth is done

Your soul soars to the Heavens above

Surrounded by magnificent love

I’ll see you soon, I’ll hold you tight

Until then, little one…rest well

Good night."

Beautiful words that speak a profound truth - thankfully!

To be honest with you Kathy I don't usually watch or listen to stories that involves suffering - my imagination can fill in the gaps! Whenever I see or hear about animals in any kind of trauma it literally affects me for weeks! It's like my whole being cries because of the unjust, needless and cruel pain they go through. Of course this is the same for our human little ones, so many of who also suffer so much and with no reason - this is the greatest evil in the world that inflicts suffering on the innocent. But as they do suffer, they are certainly taken care of in the spirit world and that is a true relief to me and anyone else who hates cruelty of any kind, especially towards our little ones and animals.

A beautiful and awesome hub + voted up!!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Helen. Your words are mine.....this is just how I feel; I try to avoid looking / hearing / learning about animal abuse...any abuse. this one hit me between the eyes before I realized it...I truly was immobilized for a monent or two I apologize to everyone whose sensibilities / sensitives are harmed by it. I agree .... but you had the inner strength to go ahead and read...and I am so glad you did because of this incredible comment; which gives hope...to know that you care and feel as you do and others do, too...We are on the same page in the same book....of life thank you so much for heartfelt and honest words...so much appreciated by humble me. Bless you Helen!!!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I can only imagine what you saw. Some people in this world have zero feelings for animals. In a town close to me, Evansville, In. Two boys were charged with cruelty for drowning baby kittens. It made me sick when i heard it on the news. How could anyone do this? I loved your poetry. Thank you..


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Ruby....I so appreciate that you understand this poem...it's hard knowing such things exist in this life...but they do. Thank you for leaving your kind and sympathetic comment. It means alot to me.


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epigramman 4 years ago

.....I am sharing this , dear Kathy, with Amy B. and Tanya Hogle, and you remind me so very much of Amy Becherer in the way you write so compassionately and purely - love your sentiments and your heart here - yes we are kindred spirits you and I - and thank you so much for your wonderful comments at my interview with Maria - I sent a thank you card to your FB wall and I have a new one you will like at the Hub called

Helping the animals cross the road .... lake erie time 12:59pm and sending you warm wishes and good energy and hugs from Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Oh Colin....this is why we love you so...thank you from my heart and soul...such a good man you are. And how very fortunate are we who have been graced with your friendship and depth of compassion! So, "ditto," and "back at you," and a deep, honest gratitude comes to you from me. Your friend, for real! Kathy


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Dear Kathy, My daughter and I have a pact. I no longer tell her the horrors I see on the local news and she does the same for me. It doesn't take long for an animal lover to know and grieve the abuses that our most pure and faithful friends endure. It is unbearable. Neither Megan, or I can sleep whenever we hear or see an animal neglect or abuse story on the news. I stopped watching "Rock Center" hosted by Brian Williams after I saw the most heartbreaking story about a rhino (I'll leave it at that). Living alone it is especially difficult to be left with tears that won't stop. I couldn't sleep at all that night as everytime I closed my eyes, I saw it again. Everytime I looked at my beloved MacGregor, I could not fathom how anyone could be cruel to an innocent animal. How is it possible for anyone to look into an animals eyes and hurt it? The most vulnerable in our society, children, the elderly, homeless, the poor, and animals become the target for the most disturbed, angry, bitter people in the world. It should never happen, and I am saddened to know that these abuses go on nearby. I would have helped had I known, as I know you and my daughter would also. It is so frustrating, unnecessary and cruel. It is sick. And, it makes those that care sick.

I can feel the agony of your pain, Lucky Cats, as I've felt it, too. What makes me the saddest is that those that need to read this, and feel the sting of recognition, won't read it. They cannot handle the truth. If they saw the truth in their actions, they could never carry them out. I'm sorry you saw what you did, Kathy. At the same time, I am glad there are hearts like yours, that grieve for the living throwaways of our sad, sick society.


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

This is an awesome hub, very moving. You are here for a mission Lucky Cats! We used to have one very charming cat, his name is Oreo but I was advised by my doctor to get rid of him because of my severe allergy or I will die. :( I didn't have a choice. He's an orphan. He's a baby when we adopted him. His entire family was killed in a fire and he was the only survivor amongst other pets. i.e. dogs and hamsters. It was hard to let him go. I wasn't home (intentionally) when he was taken back by the original owner but we had pictures of him in the car on his last day with us. And, we all cried that night. We all miss him and would sometimes pretend he's still with us.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi sweetie CrisSp...you had no choice in the matter...these things happen...yours is a big heart, obviously, and this parting had to have been very difficult. Look what you did when you could...you rescued this little survivor from a fate that was doubtful...I truly appreciate your sentiment and kind, caring comment....I hope you are feeling well and that your sweet kitty, Oreo, found another loving forever home. Thank you for commenting. Kathy


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

My dear Amy! how did I miss your message? I am far too brain dead these days....Of course, you have said exactly how I feel and react to these things....and this is why I didn't describe (and never shall) that image. I was so floored; so dumbstruck that it I was completely disabled for a moment. I would have switched the channel sooner if not left standing like a 'deer in the headlights.' I know your heart and I know that you are a wonderful example to your beautiful daughter...knowing this; and that she carries on an unconditional love for other sentient creatures is a blessing which eases a bit of the burden and pain. I thank you deeply for this. Your comment needs no other reply because you've spoken for me....thank you, my dear compassionate friend, for such beautiful sentiment...always so appreciated. Many warm wishes for you, your sweet daughter and handsome MacGregor in spirit....always together....always!


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Yes, indeed, some in this world are cold and cruel. However, there are others that try to make up for this malady in their life's work. We will be the ones to inherit the earth--the innocent and good and the creatures that once roamed the earth. Well done. Up and awesome.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Aviannovice.....thank you so much for being on the right side of this...I know you work so hard to save your avian friends....long days and many worries but, in the end, your work is well rewarded with rescued, renewed and freed beings who would, undoubtedly, have perished. We are right and this truth is the wind beneath my wings.....and yours, too. thank you so much....PS..I hope your question/inquiry was resolved regarding the difficulty you experienced w/the mechanics of this site. Your friend, Kathy


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Yes, Kathy, I am up and running once again. By the way, I have done volunteer work with feral cats and sea mammals, as well as with wild birds.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

I am not surprised, aviannovice, to learn that your appreciation and activities for aniamals extends beyond rescuing large birds in dire circumstances....it follows! We share both concerns ... and I wouldn't have it any other way....glad to hear that everything is up and running!!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

It's been my mission for a long time to stop whenever possible and rescue turtles and sometimes even snakes from the road, but particularly turtles. Several weeks ago, one groggy morning while driving, and just when rubbing the eyes, I smashed a big granddaddy box turtle with a loud pop. Felt like all the effort over the years was ruined too for awhile. But, that feeling passed and shall continue with the rescuing like you and Al will with sweet dogs and kitties. An achingly beautiful poem Kathy..


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi there my friend Alastar....well, these things do happen. If I suffered my mistakes of the past...it 'would not be a pretty picture.' So glad to see you've visited, too. When living in Kansas, Al and I made every effort to avoid the many turtles of several kinds (snapping, box and painted) crossing the roads and highways. Sometimes, a very difficult obstacle course. We've stopped to move them to safer areas off the road, and near shallow waters. I think you are wonderful for making the effort to help these crazy creatures. Thank you for the visit and nice comment, Alastar.


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epigramman 4 years ago

Kathy your words - your images - your heart - your mind - your love and passion/compassion will always be 'lasting' in my book and forever more and you are a person who will have made a difference in not only the lives of the four legged but the two legged as well - please have a read of my new one - Sannel's main man -and sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time 12:30pm and Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Eman....thank you so much...well, this one was particularly ugly and just, actually, paralyzed me in a state of sadness and mourning. I so appreciate your sensitivity regarding our beloved companions. Your friend, Kathy


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epigramman 4 years ago

...I live for my cats , Kathy , as you know - they are my entire life wrapped up in two best friends ...... lake erie time 3:14pm


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What ever the horror was that you saw on television that day...this beautiful poem came out of it showcasing your strong love and desire to save abandoned and/or abused cats in this world. We need more people like you, Kathy, who deeply care for the plight of God's furry fellow creatures. Voted up and beautiful...the latter of which certainly describes you.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

My dear Colin....yes, I know this..and no more faithful, true and lasting friends and companions will there be....we, humans, well; we hurt one another; we are (sadly) sometimes untrue; and we (sadly) cannot get around our own egos but.....to know this is half the battle towards true love.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hello my dear Peggy....I know your heart is huge for animals and that you've done so much to care for your dear ones....along w/being an astounding author and kind person...and I thank YOU. And, so appreciate your visit to this poem...yes; I was struck as if being hit w/a brick....I had to dispell it somehow. Kathy


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I have found myself on occasion having to flip the channel quickly because of the toll some things take on me physically and mentally. Some things we just have no control over and that feeling is horrible. I want to fix it all, damn it! Your words here Kathy are so touching and hit me to the core. I hope you are well!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi my dear friend, Sharyn...yes, well, this one did hit hard. Writing about it helped to diffuse the impact. Your words, your sentiment is exactly how I feel about being unable to heal; to stop these things and , at times, it causes great sadness and depression...so, I write about it...and (selfishly) doing so dissipates the effects...unfortunately, this effects others, such as yourself...for this, I do apologize. And thank you. Because I know that you do understand and share the sorrow ... so, thank you, my friend.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

How sad.. Like you, I also try to soothe myself by putting my words to poetry. There is something about the lines and the connection that helps me face things that are difficult. I have a whole poetry blog now. Thanks for sharing this hub that I vote 'beautiful'.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi ChristyWrites...it's been a week or so since this happened and so, the impact has subsided a bit. There is an ongoing effort to bring the perpetrator to justice; since it hit the news. So, I feel a little better in that the circle of awareness and compassion is rippling further and further out. thank you for visiting and the kind comment and vote.


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DREAM ON 4 years ago

Your love for cats makes my me purr endlessly.I am speechless.Your hub was heart wrenching.I don't know why anyone would want to harm any animal.Through it all I see your kindness and generousity.I wish there were more people in the world who think like you.Rated up and awesome!!!


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi there my friend DREAM ON. Well, I rest assured that "time heals all wounds, and wounds all heels!" Recently I learned, much to my great satisfaction, that there is an online push to get those responsible for the crime...it is pretty clear who it is and where they are...there is a petition site and more. Through earlier experiences, I know that these petition sites wield power and influence so...at least this much will be done, in time. I'm happy that you care for cats as you do...this gives me joy and a sense of shared relief. Kathy


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Dear Kathy,

I am listening to Earth Song and trying to comfort my frightened Aunt Baby (sprawled on the bed with me with the thunder and lightening) and cannot imagine this world where man is so cruel to our furry angels. I am ever so sorry you were exposed to this and even sorrier for the poor innocent animals. Your compassion and love pours from your heart and soul... I will continue to pray that goodness and kindness such as yours prevails. Your words and song choices touch me.

Voted UP & UABI. Love, Maria


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Mar. One thing I have learned is that there is a petition drive online, now, about this particular tragedy....I knew it would ignite eventually; and it has. There is justice in this world. I know how very much you value your little furry companions and the love and wonderful life you've given each and every one...I think this is how we first connected on HP's...so, I shall say the same thing to you, my dear friend:

"Your compassion and love pours from your heart and soul... I will continue to pray that goodness and kindness such as yours prevails."

There! much appreciation and regards, Mar! Kathy


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

My cat is 17 as I am sure I have said many times and as much as I would love a dozen kittens it can't be while she lives, she doesn't share me.

You know I knew this person who had animals and one would think she was an angel having so many pets but she did not take care of them. She lived right on the highway and they were always being killed and she never fed them good and she even got a pig and let it starve and freeze to death. So anyway just because someone has a bunch of kids don't make them a good parent. (Which she wasn't that either) Point being animals can suffer at the hands of people who just like to have pets but are not responsible people and should not be allowed to have them. I see animal rescue shows all the time too with people with all kinds of pets not caring for them. You just wonder why?

Love the Carpenters song, love the hub.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Jackie! I agree with you totally. It is sad as I fear that some start out with the best of intentions but get overwhelmed and carried away. A loving effort turns into an uncontrolled situation. Our animals are so very well cared for, with all the amenities and comforts that I hope for and have provided myself. All needs taken care of and all attention to every aspect of providing the best possible life. We are fortunate in that we have been able to do this up to this point but, we also know that we've reached our limit. My oldest cat lived to 25 years old and, right now, we have an 18 and a 17 year old; Sashi and Honey Bear. Thank you for visiting...the poem is about something I viewed, unexpecting and unprepared, on tv one day...very sad situation. Kathy


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

Hi Lucky Cats - it is hard to imagine that there are still individuals who do not know what is happening to so many innocent helpless animals - your poem, difficult to read as it may be, brings the message home - I can well imagine what dreadful image you saw on TV that brought it all to mind - Gandi said something to the affect that 'you can judge the greatness of a nation by how it treats its animals' - in so many instances, we are woefully lacking - regards - B.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Billips! I think the same thing...it is hard to understand what drives some actions. I intentionally did not (and never have) described what I saw....just the impact it left...very difficult; not unlike Faith Reaper's recent hub about the three dogs. Thank you so much for caring and leaving such a heartfelt comment. I love the Gandi quote, too, and I agree with you. With much appreciation. Kathy

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