Entirely Here

Feisty is how I would describe her,
but of late, she has taken to allowing
such closeness, that from time to time
our foreheads touch, ever so gently,
my hair whispering sweet nothings
into the the furrows
of her all-knowing feline face;
wonderful whisker tickling moments.
I could be wary but I’m not;
I trust her and she returns it,
her head bowed as if in prayer.
She smells of fresh pine and
the cool earth after summer rain.
I breathe her in, hold the breath,
breathe her out;
no thoughts of time we can never bring back,
no fretting about tomorrow’s fate,
but a fleeting moment of peace
that life has allowed
in the deeply reassuring company
of a happily purring old friend,
both of us,
entirely here,


40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. roweeee
    Sep 01, 2015 @ 12:57:48

    Such a beautiful poem. I am more of a dog person myself and too concerned about getting scratched to get too close. xx Rowena


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 01, 2015 @ 13:45:34

      Thank you Rowena! I’m both a cat and dog person 😊, but the scratches aren’t pleasant even if sometimes they aren’t carried out with any malice. Our elderly cat, Poppy, about whom the poem is written, is now 20 years old which is some age for a cat so I have to allow her a few cranky moments 😊


  2. Polly
    Sep 01, 2015 @ 13:06:58

    Such lovely alliteration and assonance, esp in ‘wonderful whisker tickling moments’ x


  3. jeanette taylor ford
    Sep 01, 2015 @ 13:13:03

    Wonderful poem that beautifully describes the special relationships between humans and animals, also the timeless, live for the moment thing that animals do so well.


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 01, 2015 @ 13:49:57

      Thank you Jeanette. Yes, we can learn a great deal from animals about living in the moment. Poppy is now 20 years old and although well, she is slowly fading. But that’s life isn’t it? 😊 xx


  4. Peter Wells aka Countingducks
    Sep 01, 2015 @ 13:58:26

    Cats can make such lovely friends and you’ve captured that here beautifully


  5. Cynthia Jobin
    Sep 01, 2015 @ 15:06:32

    I found this very moving, Chris. My cat Beau is also 20 years old, and has been at death’s door several times. I think he’s on his twelfth life…he’s terribly thin, half blind and nearly deaf, and just when I think he could probably use a cane or a walker, he goes running across the room like a kitten. These moments of pure presence with the sweet critters are so beautiful. They teach us much. And you have beautifully evoked just that.


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 01, 2015 @ 15:55:35

      Ah Cynthia, of course! I remember your poem called ‘Beau’ and how that gave me inspiration to write ‘Teacher’ which is in the book. And all those ailments that afflict your lovely cat seem to be the same as Poppy’s’, the age old ageing! And these moments certainly do teach us much.

      As I have been typing this reply, I have witnessed said ancient cat regaining some feistiness enough to strike out and hit our other cat Phoebe when she had the audacity to walk past! 😊


  6. glendadoodle
    Sep 01, 2015 @ 15:40:37

    As a lover of cats myself, I adore this poem. You capture those moments with animals brilliantly, Chris: I’m sure that they would write you pages and pages of loving poetry if they could… πŸ™‚ XXX


  7. lscotthoughts
    Sep 01, 2015 @ 15:59:49

    This is beautiful and one of your best, Chris! I can relate it to moments with Copper and they are precious. β™₯


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 01, 2015 @ 16:05:37

      Thank you very much Lauren! It’s great that a poem like this can be universal in that it relates to our connection with any animal. I can just picture you having such a moment with Copper, with his gorgeous long nose touching your forehead. ❀️ Xxx


  8. Jennifer's Journal
    Sep 01, 2015 @ 17:20:42

    Wonderful, Chris. You took me right along with you.


  9. Norma (Through My Eyes)
    Sep 02, 2015 @ 11:29:46

    That’s gorgeous Chris and you’ve captured the moments so well. They are so special aren’t they? πŸ™‚


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 02, 2015 @ 13:35:11

      Thanks Norma. Yes they are so special and I look at our lovely Poppy and her 20 years every day and am grateful for one more, because, although she is as well as she can be, she is fading. ❀️


  10. thevelvetsoapbox
    Sep 02, 2015 @ 22:54:42

    Simply beautiful…


  11. elaine patricia
    Sep 03, 2015 @ 11:58:49

    Mindfullness and a cat. Now that sounds like heaven.


  12. Libby
    Sep 04, 2015 @ 09:15:09

    Lovely. Cats are so loving, mine was waiting to greet us, purring like a looney, when we arrived back yesterday from a few days on the boat


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 04, 2015 @ 09:40:00

      Thanks Libby. Yes they are fabulous friends. The purring can get quite manic can’t it, if that’s the right word! It’s almost like they are so overwhelmed with love for you they don’t know where to put themselves. 😊


  13. Minuscule Moments
    Sep 04, 2015 @ 22:54:36

    Such a lovely poem and a beautiful tribute to your best mate.


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 05, 2015 @ 09:01:33

      Thank you Kath. I can see very clearly that she is facing, but at the same time she seems very content, eating, purring, washing. So at almost twenty and a half years, she has lived far longer than the average cat years I think. 😊


  14. Jane Thorne
    Sep 06, 2015 @ 16:56:06

    An absolute loving moment beautifully captured by your words… ❀ always


  15. Suzy Hazelwood
    Sep 06, 2015 @ 22:03:01

    I feel that beautiful friendship Christine! πŸ™‚ It’s a long time since I’ve had this kind of closeness with an animal, so wonderful when we can have that complete trust – faces touching. I think you speak for many lovers of their pets here, and not just the cats. It made me think of this woman and her very big cats!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pGTgkcP-RU

    And your poem is so elegant and profound as yours always are. I hope you continue to enjoy your deep friendship for as long as possible. πŸ™‚


  16. bardessdmdenton
    Sep 07, 2015 @ 00:42:18

    Very lovely, Christine. So glad your Poppy is still with you. My kitties get needier and needier for love and closeness as they grow older, something I’ve noticed with elder cats before.


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 10, 2015 @ 10:52:28

      Thanks so much Diane. Yes Poppy is plodding on, bless her. I can see a distinct change in her shape though; she is very thin towards her back end. Having said that, she is eating very well (her gums seem to have hardened up well after having all her teeth out) Shepurrs like an opera singer and washes herself as vigorously as her arthritic body will allow! So, as with all life, it’s a day at a time and making the best of it and enjoying the good bits 😊 xxxx


  17. kathryningrid
    Sep 07, 2015 @ 04:13:14

    So beautiful, this trust, this silent communion. This stoppage of time, because Now is all that really matters. I am stilled by it, too, even from this momentary glimpse you allow me to steal.

    Thank you.


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 10, 2015 @ 10:55:19

      Thank you Kathryn. And you are so very welcome to this momentary glimpse. She seems to be allowing more and more times like this lately. But she still has her feisty side and if she’s not in the mood for soppiness she lets me know! 😊❀️ X


  18. smzang
    Sep 08, 2015 @ 00:56:43

    Hi Christine,

    This poem speaks to me partly because Bella, my American long hair (that translates to alley cat with an attitude) allows me to share living space with her,
    but mostly because of its authenticity and insight.

    Bella walks as if she were always on the runway. She snuggles as if she has the
    best secrets in the world (she does) and your poem is so perfectly tuned to
    the feline relationship with the human that is owned. I must admit it is a joyful connection and your poem celebrates that joy. I love it!



  19. Francina
    Sep 17, 2015 @ 13:02:46

    Simply beautiful Christine, ❀ xx


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