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A cat named Chris

Updated on September 20, 2012
My beautiful Lilac point Siamese cat -  Chris
My beautiful Lilac point Siamese cat - Chris

Another life, and many years ago

you crawled up my chest

lay your head under my chin,

placing your paw around my neck -

you sighed, giving me solace.

You made me feel love in a space

where there was none!


And then one day I lost you -

I sobbed with my pain

and my heart broke at never

feeling your warm body next to me

ever again.

Eventually I moved on!


Fast forward, a new life, and many years later.

Once again in my time of need

Your likeness came to me out of nowhere-

to a space where there seemed to be no time.

Once again you climbed my chest,

put your head under my chin, and

your paw around my neck -

soothing my soul, and reaching out -

Not only to me, but to the one in pain

as I took you into the house

to meet a man you never knew,

but loved and cared about just the same.




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    • craiglyn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes, Flourish. I hope it came through that I believe that the cat who visited me that day, was the spirit of my own Siamese from many years ago. Thank you for reading and enjoying. I don't normally do poetry and don't consider myself a poet. :)

    • craiglyn profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      MiZb I don't normally do poetry. I was inspired to do this one because of a cat, as you can tell, who looked and acted the very same as my own Siamese cat from 25 plus years ago. This cat came to me at the time my husband was dying. I now believe it was the spirit of my cat Chris pictured above. A very special happening for me and one I wrote about in my book. Thanks for taking the time to read this piece. It means a lot to me. Lynda

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      5 years ago from Beautiful South

      I normally don't care for poetry, but this made me cry. I love cats and their comfort in any form. I think cats do come back to us. Maybe that is why it is said that they have 9 lives. Voted up & awesome!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      Animals are wise old souls who know things on many levels. Such lovely thoughts expressed in this poem ...

    • craiglyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you once again - for reading some of my hubs and commenting on this one in particular. After my husband passed away I went back and thought about this experience with the phantom cat and feel very sure that it was indeed the spirit of my Chris who had died more than 25 years ago. They say animals have souls too and I believe it.

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      7 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Awsome poem! Its that difrance a animal can make to bring us in check. They know when we are sad, mad , happy, hurt or just plain tired and can seem to adjust there mood accordingly. I love animals. Voted up!!!

    • craiglyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Enelle - I don't do poetry either - but for some reason I was inspired to tell the story of Chris and my husband's last days - and this way seemed fitting, because it was just a short little experience - where I was definitely left feeling the spirit of my own beloved cat. : )

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      Enelle Lamb 

      7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I don't 'do' poetry, but your words touched me. (I'm just such a weenie lol) Thank you :)

    • craiglyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Well you know epigramman - I am not a poet. But I wanted to put this story down in a different way and it's just what came to me. I imagine the lake would be a little cold now, no? LOL. But good for you going in for a dip. I have not heard how our winter is going to be, but we were sure spoiled last winter. Can we be that lucky again. Warm wishes back at you! 3:33PM here. now.

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      7 years ago

      ...just so moving and so touching are these words ......and as you know my two cats Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel are my two best friends and I just came out of the lake after a very quick dip - lol - fall is definitely here now and how is life in the big city for you these days?

      Have you heard what kind of winter we might have?

      sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 12:32pm from a sparkling sunny lake with a strong wind

    • craiglyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Paula - I am not a poem writer - but for some reason I was inspired to try this little one about my beloved Cat! : )

    • fpherj48 profile image


      7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York this poem. You are really soaring high quickly. Congratulations! Keep up the great work!

    • craiglyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      ((((Anne)))) You could be right. : )

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      7 years ago from Spain

      Just had a thought. Your step daughter is right. It´s time you got another cat, and not just to keep the BBQ uninfested. :)

    • craiglyn profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Anne - she was a beautiful loving cat and I could not believe how one just like her came to comfort Craig and I at that time - same looks and same behaviour. Amazing.

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      7 years ago from Spain

      Where would we be without animals in time of need. You have just reminded me of my own, and how they kept me going through my grief. And also a wild robin who I swear came with a message. Lovely poem Lynda. Voted up and beautiful. :)


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