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We have a new cat now.
She streaks through the house
and sleeps in your old beds,
watching me from the rocking chair
as I habitually seek you out.

She's sweeter than you--
she sits in my lap
and plays with my fingers,
doll-faced and docile
against your angular independence.

I still search for you
amongst the cracks in my heart
as you slip like sand
deeper into the dark recesses
of my faulty memories.

I am always afraid
that my tears will ruin the circuitry
through which I access
our sunny afternoons and quiet nights,
and you will slip beyond me.

I did not hope for an afterlife
until I ran my fingers through your cold fur,
and understood why people find solace
in broken hymnals and new beginnings;
I miss my pessimism.
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EDIT II: Some pictures of my babies

Adeline by Seilf 
Claire.elizabeth by Seilf 
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Given 2013-12-27
Full Glass by ~Seilf Suggester Writes: Uncomplicated, unsentimental, beautiful description of love, loss, and moving on in spite of one's self. ( Suggested by riparii and Featured by Beccalicious )
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a poem on DA I often come back to. Thank you for sharing it, it's really beautiful and moving. I'm sorry for the loss of your cat.
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Seilf Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you <3
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stargirl2791 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so wonderfully complete! :heart:
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hopeburnsblue Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, I really, really love this. I think it's relatable whether we're talking about new cats versus old, new lovers versus old, new homes versus old ... you did an amazing job depicting those feelings.
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Seilf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! I'm glad it's applicable to you. (:
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snowysylva Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so touching. My favorite stanza is: 
I still search for you 
amongst the cracks in my heart
as you slip like sand
deeper into the dark recesses
of my faulty memories.


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adahplatha Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Oh goodness, this is pretty!
 I'm sorry about your loss (of pessimism & cat).
I love this poem by  Gavin Ewart, which I came across in the norton anthology of short poems.
I think the title is a 14 year old convalescent cat in winter.

I want him to have another living summer 

to lie in the sun and enjoy the douceur de vivre - 
because the sun, like golden rum in a rummer, 
is what makes an idle cat un tout petit peu ivre - 

I want him to lie stretched out, contented, 
revelling in the heat, his fur all dry and warm, 
an Old Age Pensioner, retired, resented 
by no one, and happinesses in a beelike swarm 

to settle on him, postponed for another season 
that last fated hateful journey to the vet 
from which there is no return (and age the reason), 
which must soon come - as I cannot forget. 

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Seilf Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for sharing this-- I absolutely adore cat poetry (if that hadn't been clear already P:).
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there! Just a note to let you know that I've featured this piece in my end-of-the-year journal feature :)
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013   Writer
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