After a Pet Dies Poem - Ode to My Sweet Black Cat Blackette

She'll Be All Right...

She’ll be all right, he says,

And I cling to those words

And my sweet Blackette—

My soft, black, furry, cat--

Still the fear grips my heart.

But she’ll be all right!


Checking my tears

That now won’t be shed—

Not another untimely loss!

Not a big deal…

After Christmas, we’ll check again.

She’ll be all right.


The fire blazes—warm and alive—

Downstairs at my mother’s

On Christmas Eve

While I sit petting a still, furry creature

That pleads to me with large green eyes.

She’ll be all right.


My Sweet Blackette on My Piano

I put treats between the piano keys to set up Blackette for this photo. While she was looking for them, I called her name. She looked toward me to make the perfect picture!
I put treats between the piano keys to set up Blackette for this photo. While she was looking for them, I called her name. She looked toward me to make the perfect picture! | Source

While the same snow

That she sneaked from my door into—

Just hours before—

Turns to unyielding, brittle ice,

I get up from my bed to hold her.

She’ll be all right.


I lie on the floor

Next to her cool, dry body.

As daybreak threatens

And Christmas Eve draws to a close,

Everything in my heart screams,

She’ll be all right!


If only I could rewind any Christmas,

Relive any party to see her beauty

In her pink Christmas bow—

But with my hand on her labored side,

My tears falling freely,

I hear her whimper and then let go.


A trusting, gentle spirit.

Timid, yet welcoming of the home I gave.

She left me with sweet thankfulness

Just as she came to me.

She’ll be all right.

She’ll be all right.

____

Six Month Anniversary of Blackette's Death

Your eyes of deep green in a strong, pensive face,

You moved through my life with a sweet, lovely grace.

It’s been only six months that you’ve left us behind,

And your grace and your beauty still hold in my mind.

I miss your soft look and your elegant touch.

I long for the sweetness that you gave me so much.

You grew up with Blacky, and we both can’t forget

The comfort and essence of our sweet Blackette.

And six months later

I think of her spirit

My little ballerina—

A name given by a guy friend,

Not really a cat lover—

Who still recognized her grace.


And I now give a tribute

As I think or your loss

Gone too soon

A freakish, early death

That took you from me

And gave you to Heaven--

Where you are all right.


About "Ode to my Sweet Cat Blackette"

Pain, pain, pain. My eight-year-old cat, Blackette, left me suddenly and tragically. Just six months before, I had lost my five-year old black and white Little Kitty, who had congenital kidney failure. With Little Kitty, I dealt with the trauma of IVs and trying to keep her alive, but to no avail. And six months later, my light, graceful, eight-year-old ballerina suddenly fell ill. She stopped eating and drinking; she was hiding under the bed. Why?

The date was just before Christmas, and my brothers and I were planning to go to my mom’s on Christmas Eve. I made an appointment for my Blackette to see the vet on Christmas Eve. My brother was to pick me up, and he agreed to take the cat and me to the vet before going to my mom’s house. My mom agreed to let me bring Blackette home for the holiday since she was ill.

The vet said that perhaps Blackette was diabetic and we’d have to look at her diet, which could wait until after Christmas. After all, it was Christmas Eve. I was relieved. “She’ll be all right,” he said. “She’ll be all right.”

It was snowing, and my brother took Blackette and me to my mom’s in his SUV. As the evening wore on, and the snow increased, I watched Blackette getting worse. Being down a steep hill, covered now in snow and ice, there was nothing I could do to get her to someone who might help her. I went downstairs by the fireplace where my brother was still up and said, “I think she’s going to die.”

Around five in the morning on Christmas day, I petted my little girl and heard her last breath. I cried and went to bed, exhausted, and later took home a stiff, sweet body after my family celebrated Christmas.

My vet was confused by Blackette's passing. I think he even felt bad, especially after Little Kitty's recent demise. He did an autopsy for me at no charge. Blackette died from a disease whose name I don't remember, but basically, she was bit by a bobcat tick, which my vet said was a one in a million chance. My cat was an inside cat. Did someone carry in a tick? Did Blackette get one when she ran out of the house for a few minutes--or seconds--until I could catch her? I lived in town, and any known bobcats were many towns and miles away. Whatever—freak accident.

Blackette lived from August of 1994 or so until December 25, 2002, so I figured she was about eight years old. She was about a year old when I had taken her home with me from the local shelter. While I wasn't really looking for an adult cat, sweet Blackette batted her wide eyes, and I was hooked. She had pressed herself against the cage, purring at me, forcing me to take her home with me. I never regretted that decision. Gosh, I miss her!

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maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

Tears are in my eyes as I comment on this moving and tragic prose...I lost my precious Simon years ago and I still miss him terribly...My heart goes out to you, Victoria...Larry


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, maven101. I'm sorry about your Simon. I still miss my sweet Blackette, too, and it's been nine years since her death. It was nice to commemorate her, though. I may do that with some other special pets--all special--I have loved and lost. Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate them. And I'm sorry for you loss, too.


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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Very nice tribute to your beloved Blackette. Losing a pet is so sad. I am sorry for your loss.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks so much, Phyllis!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

My heart hurt with you, and I have pets that have been gone for years that I still cry sometimes when I think about them. I get so close to them, it is so hard to lose them. I have a black cat that I adopted from the shelter about 17-18 years ago and she was at least a year old when I got her. I thought she was only about 3 months old but the vet said her teeth indicated that she was at least a year. Just very malnourished. She did finally get almost full sized. But I know that her time is coming and I dread it. I am so sorry for your loss and I know your pain.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

homestead--I get so close to all my pets, too. I dread for you losing your cat. My oldest cat (Blacky, who I may also write about) was 11. I miss him so much, too. I can't imagine having a cat as long as you have had yours. And nourishing it to good health--that really creates a bond, too. Thanks for your comments. Good to hear from you.


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Nat Amaral 5 years ago from BC Canada

My heart went out to you as I read this piece. I had a black cat, Shadow, and she died on Christmas night four years ago. She died horribly. I felt your pain as I read this. It's always sad when a pet dies, even worse when it happens on a holiday.


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Nat Amaral 5 years ago from BC Canada

My heart went out to you as I read this piece. I had a black cat, Shadow, and she died on Christmas night four years ago. She died horribly. I felt your pain as I read this. It's always sad when a pet dies, even worse when it happens on a holiday.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, Nat, I'm sure you DO understand. I felt so empty the Christmas that Blackette died. It seemed so cruel. I can understand your pain for your Shadow. She died horribly as well? My Blackette died of something rare. Nobody could figure it out! And then on a holiday to boot! Thanks for your comments. Glad you found me here.


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cherylone 5 years ago from Connecticut

I feel for all of you and I am so sorry for your loss. I am a cat lover (or I guess you could say a cat pet) and everyone one of them is a rescue that I have nourished and loved through the years. Last year, I had to put two of them down. Charlie (Charlene) was 19 when she developed Kidney disease and Louie who was 15 when he developed Diabetes. I miss them still, as I miss all of those that I have had to say good-bye to.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Cherylone--how wonderful of you to have all rescues. And how wonderful to have them for so many years--although losing them is surely that much harder. Thanks for your kind words. How many cats do you have? My last few are rescues, too, and everyone from now on, I think will be....It's a worthy cause, no matter how hard it is to lose them.


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Faceless39 5 years ago from The North Woods, USA

Rated up and beautiful. Victoria, I'll be honest: It's not often that I cry while reading a poem. Actually it's only happened a few times in my entire life. But this made me cry! Well-written, touching, and crystal clear imagery of what it was like and how it felt. You have a wonderful talent for writing; I hope writing this was a form of release for you.


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makusr 5 years ago from India

Victoria,

Greetings from MAKUSR. When you lose something the pain is always there. Because what you lose is a part of yourself. There is something of you in every thing that belongs to you. I empathize with you, Victoria.

With deep condolence,

MAKUSR


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cherylone 5 years ago from Connecticut

I have three cats right now and my daughter has five. We love them like they were our own children and they crawl into our hearts so easily with a look or a quick rub. *sigh* I have to go pet my babies now.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Faceless39! I'm glad I could make you cry! haha. Just kidding, but I do appreciate your praise of my writing. That means a lot. And you're right--it was a good release for me to write it. Thank you again.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

MAKUSR--You are right. She was a part of me and always will be. You always write such beautiful comments.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

cherylone--Yes, go pet your babies. They're wonderful, aren't they? Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

We are raising Suri's family for more than 11 years and I have witnessed so many deaths. Thanks for sharing your emotions.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

We lost our yellow lab last year and we are about to put down our black lab. One of our cats has gone blind at 15 and the other is also getting old. Once they are all gone, we are taking a long pet holiday. They leave way too soon.

A sad Hub, Victoria.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

It is tough,Vinaya, to lose so many of our beloved pets; yet, I think it's an honorable undertaking to give them good homes.

WillStarr--I'm so sorry about the losses you have experienced and will soon experience. Yes, it's a sad hub, but it was somewhat therapeutic for me. You're taking a pet holiday...will you take in more pets later? or do you think it's too painful? I struggle with that sometimes.... Thanks for your comments, Will.


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

I remember my first cat that died named Pee Wee when I was about 10 and I was so hurt and buried her with a cross on her grave and I made a cross across my chest and I am sure I knew nothing of Catholicism.lol Now my cat Lilly is almost 17 and for a few weeks I thought it must be her time but she has bounced back and although she does not play like a kitten she has the occasional fight with anything that wiggles near her. You can imagine what her death will mean to me. Great hub.


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epigramman 5 years ago

.....well you know how much I would love this hub sweet Victoria because you know how much I love my two best friends (and the fact I have no family in this world) Tiffy and Gabriel - and the world is at peace tonight because my two buddies are safe and sound and well fed and loved and both sleeping here by my side. It will never get any better than that. AND THEN I started reading the other half of your hub and your testimony - my dear Victoria how I cried for you - let me post this beautiful story (because as hard as it is we must try to celebrate life and those whom we love and loved and memories always remain with us) to my Facebook page with a direct back here and close your eyes open up your arms and let me give you a cyber hug.

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland

I read this and I cry openly for your loss. Your Blackette is beautiful... Anyone that's lost a pet can feel the sorrow in your words and the love Blackette felt when she crossed away. Thank you for sharing this moment.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yeah, Jackie, your pain with Pee Wee--I have lost cats that age. I can't imagine the pain with a 17 year old. My sweet Blackette was 8 years old and I miss that little love so much. Oh, yeah, I know you will hurt when your Lilly leaves you. Gosh, it's so worth their lives, but their deaths are so hard for us.... Thanks, Jackie.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, Epi, yeah, I would know how you would hurt over this hub. You have your two little precious loves. To see them safe is heaven on earth, but to lose them--I lost Blackette in 2002 and I still miss that sweet, graceful spirit. I appreciate your tears. And I think you are correct in that we must try to celebrate life and the memories. Otherwise, would we continue to rescue, nurture, and live with these wonderful creatures that complete our lives??? Thank you, epi, for sharing my story, but more so for the wondefully sweet cyber hug!!!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Ardie, for joining in that moment. I'm glad you could feel how real it was. Oh, how I loved her, and how sweet she was to me. Hugs for your tears!


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

Awww, Victoria - I'm so sorry. What a pretty girl she was!

I do feel for you. I've been there myself and it's such a hard hurt to cope with.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, femmeflashpoint. She certainly was a pretty girl--and a sweet, gentle soul. Publishing this poem and talking about her is a good thing--but it also makes me really miss her! Thanks for your sweet words.


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rjsadowski 5 years ago

Beautiful tribute. We lost our dog, Vinnie the Pooh with liver failure and Rocket with a tumor in his mouth. Frankie Blue Eyes is still alive, but he almost died from a routine vaccination. You never forget them. They are our children.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, rjsadowski, so sorry for your losses. You're right--we never forget them! A routine vaccination? Gosh--that's scary. I have wondered how safe those are....I love your pets' names. I hope that Frankie Blue Eyes stays with you for a long time. Thanks for commenting.


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princesswithapen 5 years ago

Victoria

Chances are, that you will remember that christmas forever and you will miss her every time you think of her. But you are lucky to have spent 8 years with your loving cat. Memories of the joys you shared and the fun times you had with Blackette will remain with you forever. The picture of Blackette on the piano looks adorable!

Princesswithapen


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I do, princess, think of her often. She was such a beautiful, loving creature. Thanks for your comments. I've always loved the pic of her on the piano. She was a doll. And so light on her feet!


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romari 5 years ago from Heaven

it's so sad..i love cats and for me, a cat's death is a tragic and it's hard to move on because cats have different personalities just like us humans though they can't speak. Blackette is in heaven now playing piano..


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Sweet thoughts, romari. Cats do all have different personalities. It IS hard to lose them. I like the thought of sweet Blackette on a piano in Heaven! :-) Thanks!


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K Kiss 4 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Although I have had numerous cats throughout the years...Louis will always be my son...and I miss him still :( and those days of grief shared with him


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, K Kiss. Love your picture! Is that Louis? Sorry for your loss. I think we'll always miss them.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a warm and caring poem;not just a poem; a caring and loving tribute.

We know that our loved ones never leave us and this goes not just people but for our pets also.

Take care my friend and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for your sweet words, Eddy. I'm glad you appreciate the tribute to my sweet little friend. I believe her soul lives on. Thanks. :-)


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Victoria -

I feel the pain in your words. Losing a pet is one of the worst things a person can experience. My last cat (before Faletame) died in my arms of old age. We met when I was managing a retail store. She came in through a warehouse door, ran around the showroom, stopped in front of me, meowed, and melted my heart. I brought Eurydicina home that night and grew to love her deeply. Finally, after 18 years together, she gave up eating and drinking, knowing it was her time. I would dab my finger in water and put it to her dry mouth to try to keep her going. The next morning, as I was lying next to her on the floor, she nestled her head against me one last time and left us. It's a pain I feel as I write this.

Beautiful Tribute. It has definitely stirred up feelings!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

rcrumple--You come up with some great cat names! Wow! Oh, so sad about Eurydicina, but so sweet that she died with your right next to her. It's so, so hard, isn't it? Thanks for sharing. That means a lot!


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Ellen Karman 4 years ago from medina, Ohio

Dear Victoria Lynn, I think you and I must be related - as the love of our pets, and I have had so many emergencies on holidays or late Sunday nights and find myself at the emergency clinic or dealing with IV's and having a goat or an alpaca in the living room clinging to life as I whisper to them and lie with them. Oh, the loss of a pet is a heart break! But, receiving their love is so heavenly! She's okay and I believe we will all meet our pets again. I sure hope so. I am so sorry you lost this beautiful piano playing cat that graced your home like a dancer. My heart goes out to you! Thank you for writing this. Ellen


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ellen, you are so poetic! "beautiful piano playing cat that graced your home like a dancer." Beautiful! Just like she was. I do hope to see her again! I got quite a vision of you with the goat in the living room. So sweet. We do have like hearts when it comes to our pets!


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Ellen Karman 4 years ago from medina, Ohio

Dear Victoria Lynn, Thank you for the compliment but that's what I felt from your poem and the beautiful photo! As for the Goat in our living room, oh there were two, I'll write a story about them soon, it's a happy one. I love your writings!!! Ellen


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ellen, I would love to read the story about your goats! I'm glad you like my writings!


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

So very sad. I am so sorry. Our cats are our babies.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

What a beautifully sad story Victoria ;so heartrending and you manage to breathe life into your words. Brilliant !!!

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

btrbell--You are so right! It was hard to lose Blackette--on Christmas Day, no less--and I still miss her so much. Thanks for your sweet comments.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Eddy, I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub. Blackette's death was truly sad. I wanted to capture her in the hub. Thanks so much!

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