Monday, October 10, 2005


Because I'm crying too much to say anything else...

Putting Down the Cat

by Billy Collins

The assistant holds her on the table,
the fur hanging limp from her tiny skeleton,
and the veterinarian raises the needle of fluid
which will put the line through her ninth life.

"Painless," he reassures me, "like counting
backwards from a hundred," but I want to tell him
that our poor cat cannot count at all,
much less to a hundred, much less backwards.

Goodbye to our old friend. I miss you already.


Vocal Violinist said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I don't know what I will do when my dogs go, someday. Thinking of you.

Tara said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your kitty. We just had ours put down 2 days ago because he had cancer. :-( He had a nice long life of 18 yrs though.

Take care.

pghjezebel said...

I found your site via Tara's. Im so sorry about your cat. I know how hard it is to deal with the loss of a pet. Hugs to you.