The Joy of Cats – funeral version

Playing in a freshly raked pyramid of frost tinted autumnal leaves,
of rich green, burnished copper and gold,
feline fur fragrant with the distinctive snowy scent of winter air,
after coming inside from the cold
the distinctive ‘tick tick’ warning call of a diminutive scolding wren,
perfectly hidden in a tall privet hedge,
perpetually innately curious, walking precariously without a care,
on a narrow pewter grey slate rooftop ledge.

From a nearby treetop, a territorial red-breasted robins melodic solo,
on a tranquil nebulous grey autumnal morn,
the ascending luminescence of a white gold sunrise above dark horizon,
as the ebony black night becomes dawn,
watching decorative peacock butterflies, while laying indolently on summer lawn,
a profusion of fluttering ephemeral wings,
using their proboscis to feed upon the abundantly sweet summer nectar,
that a lilac buddleia’s fronds of multitudinous flowers bring.

Cautiously exploring, the garden’s familiar landscape transformed,
by an overnight fall of pristine white snow,
that evening hosts a stunning grey and obsidian black linear sunset,
highlighted with a vibrant pink glow,
the enjoyment of a coal fire, lulls you into paw and tail twitching sleep,
on a cold winter’s day,
sitting expectantly near a strand of discarded Christmas silver tinsel,
large black mischievous eyes asking you to play.

Sitting vigilantly on a step, listening for the squeaks and rustles of wildlife,
on a clear frosty night,
the canopied rich onyx black sky emphasising silver star constellations,
glittering so bright,
moving like a feline compass, following warm sun’s rays around the house,
on its restless journey across the sky,
a cats beauty, company, independence and the pleasurable sound of a purr,
always a pleasure to have nearby.

A much loved wife and mother Jennifer Farthing 1940 -2017

A poem can express innermost emotions after the loss of a loved one or friend.

My poetry is written to be gently uplifting and evocative, reminding the reader or listeners of the loved one or friend’s love of cats.

My poems have been very well recieved at both church and crematorium services, adding a very personal accolade.


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