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I have visited so many beautiful sites on the internet and have luxuriated in the beauty of so many animal-related poems that I have decided to do a poetry page for all BratCats visitors to enjoy. All of the poems printed below are either pet-related or can be considered pet-related. Most of them are from authors unknown. If anyone sees a poem listed as "author unknown" and knows who the author is, please do not hesitate to contact me with the information so that I can obtain and give proper credit or remove the poem. Credit is given to those who granted permission to use their beautiful poems on this page. Thank you and please enjoy.

"If It Should Be"

If it should be I grow frail and weak
And pain prevents my peaceful sleep.
Then you must do what must be done
When this last battle can't be won.

You will be sad, I understand.
Selfishness might stay your hand.
But on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship take the test.

We've had so many happy years
That what's to come can hold no fears.
You'd not want me to suffer, so
When the time comes, please let me go.

Take me where my need they'll tend.
Only--stay with me until the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me.
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know, in time, you too will see
It is a kindness that you do for me.
Although my tail it's last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.

Do not grieve it should be you.
Who must decide this thing to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years...
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

Author Unknown

Title Unknown

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me,
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day
to laugh, to love, to work or play,
tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that place at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy,
a friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
ah yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.

Author Unknown

"A Cat In Every Space"

I live a very simple life
with cats in every space
But when I go to bed at night
they sleep upon my face.

Now to live without the luxury
of cats in every space
Would be to live a sorry life
in a very sorry place.

I've never been without a cat
and this I can uphold
I'll have a cat in every space
Until I'm gray and old.

For every fool should be aware
that cats are complex creatures
they live about in every space
And give the house its features.

Now take my house away from me
and place me in a tent
I'll have a cat in every space
And still I'll be content.

(c)Mark A. Dye

"Certain Signs"

Black and white and tortoise shell
sleeping sound then raising hell
rearrange my neat abode
searching for the mother load

Scratching posts and catnip mice
and other toys that seem so nice
plants that hang and other things
rumpled rug with edge of strings

Dancing furballs, rumpled mats
shredded carpets, dying plants
all are certain signs to me
that my life I'm living free

Well, maybe not exactly free
but certainly it's right for me
litter pans that must be cleaned
for furry ones all freshly preened

Endless bowls that must be filled
another moth that must be killed
rancid cans of old cat food
I lot it all, I love this brood.

(c)Mark A. Dye

Title Unknown

Don't think of him as gone away
his journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears,
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think of how he must be wishing
that we could know today,
how nothing but our sadness
can really go away.

And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.

Author Unknown

Title Unknown

When God had made the earth and sky
the flowers and the trees,
He then made all the animals
the fish, the birds and bees.
And when at last He'd finished
not one was quite the same.
He said, "I'll walk this world of mine
and give each one a name."
And so He traveled far and wide
and everywhere He went,
a little creature followed Him
until it's strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth
and in the sky and sea,
the little creature said, "Dear Lord,
there's not one left for me."
Kindly the Father said to him,
"I've left you to the end.
I've turned my own name back to front
and called you dog, my friend."

Author Unknown

Title Unknown

The places cats prefer
Are those where they can purr
On a window ledge
Or a garden hedge
Anywhere they can be demure.

There is no place not theirs
Be it on the table or under the stairs
But they will not abide
No place to hide
From other cats putting on airs.

A cat will be circumspect
In deciding which place to select
But once settled there
It will no longer care
And will nap - instead of reflect.

Author Unknown

The Willow Cats

They call them pussy-willows,
But there's no cat to see
Except the little furry toes
That stick out on the tree:
I think that very long ago,
When I was just born new,
There must have been whole pussy-cats
Where just the toes stick through---
And every Spring it worries me,
I cannot ever find
Those willow-cats that ran away
And left their toes behind!

Author Unknown

Title Unknown

They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.
A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

Author Unknown

This Old Cat

I'm getting on in years, my coat is turning gray.
My eyes have lost their luster, my hearing's just okay.
I spend my day dreaming of conquests in my past,
lying near a sunny window waiting for its warm repast.

I remember our first visit, I was coming to you free,
Hoping you would take me in and keep me company.
I wasn't young or handsome, two years I'd roamed the street.
There were scars upon my face, I hobbled on my feet.
I could sense your disappointment as I left my prison cage,
Oh, I hoped you would accept me and look beyond my age.

You took me out of pity, I accepted without shame.
Then you grew to love me, and I admit the same.
I have shared with you your laughter, you have wet my
fur with tears. We've come to know each other
Throughout these many years.

Just one more hug this morning before you drive away,
and know I'll think about you throughout your busy day.
The time we've left together is a treasured time at that.

My heart is yours forever, I promise -- This Old Cat

(c)K.C. Bigamon,
KC's Beloved Cats & Poems

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