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Ode to Sabby

December 20, 2020

Before a final breath she shivered soft
I stroked her fur and shed a silent tear
This kitten once now rests so still and frail
And in that moment closed her final year

Travel back the day when we first met
A condo hall where you would run and play
We’d set you loose your tiny paws would fly
Up and down as long as we would stay

Back at school you joined me in my room
To scamper while I studied late at night
You’d wait to pounce until I’d least suspect
And on my shoulder land a phantom sprite

Together we drove down the 401
Tercel packed full with clothes and vinyl crates
You purred and stretched Toronto in our sights
While Waterloo behind in distance fades

You waited when we married years ago
Likely asleep as vows and rings exchanged
Our family began with just us three
With everything in place so well arranged

Our honeymoon delayed a mortgage closed
You enter our first house with sniffs explore
And search from room to room to find your place
A patch of rug in sunshine on the floor

Each Christmas you would hide beneath the tree
And wait until all decorating done
With stealth we’d watch you sneak up from below
And with your paw knock loose the closest one

When babies came you sniffed them cautiously
So patient when their small hands tugged your fur
And as they grew you were their faithful friend
To calm their fears with cuddles and a purr

Until one day your frame so slight and frail
We knew the time had come to say goodbye
I carried you one last time in my arms
And held you as a doctor helped you die

Sabby sleeping in her favorite spot
3 Comments leave one →
  1. pmorehead29 permalink
    December 20, 2020 7:44 am

    Very moving!

  2. Liz Hutchinson permalink
    December 20, 2020 8:12 am

    Such a sweet poem about Sabby.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    December 28, 2020 2:24 pm

    powerful– especially reading this around Christmas-time ❤

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