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My Preservation

Updated on May 4, 2013

Help me

I’m drowning

in demands

inflated expectations

of times before.

Work piles high

ever growing

blurring my vision

clouding the possible.

The weak seek shelter

underneath a guise

of incompetence

and invented obligations.

Every day I feel

nothing’s good enough

designed to fail

never catching up.

Phone never stops



demands all fill the line.

No one ever asks

How are you?

Need some help?

What can I do?

Assumptions long made

stress and struggle

all my own.

Daily strife

rips up my life

dreams of running away

soothe me through the night.

Weary and drained

time is long

but short,

allowing no breath.

Just when I think

the end is so near.

I reach my door.

Ending each day

finds a love so pure

with eager greetings

and eyes into my soul.

Soft steps follow

can't do without

simple joy in seeing me

could never disappoint.

No expectations or judgements

just time spent

in lazy hours

sleeping so near

lets me know

I can survive

with you by my side.


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      just-about 4 years ago

      Pets give us so much - I have a dog and over recent, very difficult years, it is no exagerration to say that he has "kept me going". I'm sure that my emotional turmoil of three years ago would have developed into a depressive illness without the responsibility of caring for my dog and the interaction that I have with him. On our walks I have met people and even made a couple of good friends - I would not have been out walking without him.

      There is no literal translation of the word "pet" into French, here they are referred to as one's "compagnon de vie" - and he really is my main companion at the moment.

      Thank you for a lovely poem.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      So true! They are so comforting. Loved the poem and the pics. Many votes!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a beautiful hub, truthfornow. The ideas in your poem are so familiar to me. It's wonderful to come home to the love of a pet after a difficult day. I love your photos, too!

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks. I love my Miko.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ahh, been there and for some it's the same routine everyday. I love the way you have expressed the overwhelming facts of life through this piece. Thank you for sharing your gift in which we can all relate.

      P.S. Lovely photos!

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks so much for returning for a visit epi. Miko is an older cat too, about 15. She can't jump as high, but she is forever young and needs me to take good care of her. Glad you are spending some time with your loves.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      I just had to return to this classic and read it again as I've had a wonderful day outside on the deck with both cats by my side and what better gift is that - being with my two best friends and giving them a grand life.

      I love the build up in the words here and of course that spectacular ending and life affirming sentiment.

      Gee your beautiful cat looks just like my Little Miss Tiffy who is a calico and was my mum's cat. She is 18 now and like the fountain of youth.

      Sending you warm wishes and hoping all is well with you this weekend - Colin and his cats at lake erie time 8:00pm

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thank you ocfireflies.

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      ocfireflies 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Love this poem. Voted up.

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Hah, forgot about that movie! Maybe if he had had a cat. . .

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      You have just made me think of the movie "Falling Down" starring Michael Douglas. Yes. the stress of daily living sometimes takes the joy out of it! Thanks for sharing!

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks epi. Cats do make this world a better place.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      I so do love this poetic labor of love and I 'survive' because of my two felines of fur - Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel - I tell them I love them everyday and they know it and for all of my other failures in life I can truthfully say that I have given two lucky cats a good life.

      Sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 12:37am

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      So true.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The solace of a loved soul that never asks for more than a little love.

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks for visiting Mhatter99.

      @SidKemp, sorry for your loss.

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Wow! It's so easy to fall into that space. And harder to get out of it these last two months, since my cat passed away.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Wonderful poem and reflection. Thank you

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      SandCastles 5 years ago

      Cats are wonderful cuddle pets. I love dogs too and all animals.

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks for reading and the thoughtful comments @travmaj.

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      travmaj 5 years ago from australia

      This is a poem I can relate to - and it certainly makes me think.

      Looking back our pets over the years have been a source of comfort through many situations.

      Cats are so intuitive and seem to recognise the stress and can produce calmness. Dogs wag happily and usually produce laughter.

      Thanks for this...

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks always exploring.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      We all get overwhelmed with the rush of life, but when we have someone/ something who loves us , we know we're good for another day. Beautifully written...

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      bac2basics ~ glad you have pets to see you through as well. Overwhelmed right now, but our pets remind us to take care of them and ourselves.

      Thanks janetwrites and Storytellersrus for reading.

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      Barbara 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Very sweet . How lucky you are to have such a love- arms to support you in the midst of constant demands.

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      Janet Giessl 5 years ago from Georgia country

      This is a wonderful and very touching poem. I have also felt like this sometimes.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Truthfornow. OMG reading the first part of this poem sums up my life at the moment completely, overwhelmed is the word. I have 2 dogs and honestly getting up each day to feed them is sometimes the only thing that does get me out of bed. My oldest dog and my cat who has since died, saw me through when I lost my husband. Where would we be without or loving pets ?

      It does sound like you are overwhelmed too, please try and get yourself a relaxation excercise CD , not just a music one, you need one that teaches bodily awareness and relaxation excercises, I promise it will help you so much. Keep well truth and you have a lovely cat :)


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