Thursday, December 18, 2008

Lend Me A Kitten

Feeling the grief for the loss of my Kitty, a fellow Raveler posted this poem - it was so touching I wanted to share it....

Lend Me A Kitten

I will lend to you for a while
a kitten, God said.
For you to love while she lives,
and mourn after she’s dead.

Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
or maybe just two or three.
But will you, ‘till I call her back,
take care of her for me?

She’ll bring her charms to gladden you
and should her stay be brief,
you’ll always have her memories
as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise she will stay,
since all from earth return.
But there are lessons you can give
I want this kitten to learn.

I’ve looked the whole world over
in search of teachers true,
And from the folk that crowds life’s land
I have chosen you.

Now will you give her all your love,
nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take
my kitten home again?

And my heart replied,
“My Lord, Thy Will Be Done.”
For all the joys this kitten brings,
the risk of grief I’ll run.

We’ll shelter her with tenderness,
we’ll love her while we may.
And for the happiness that we’ve known,
forever grateful stay.

But should you call her back
much sooner than we planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes,
and try to understand.

If by our love we’ve managed
your wishes to achieve,
in memory of his sweet sweet love,
please help us while we grieve.

And when our cherished kitten
departs this world of strife,
Please send yet another needing soul
for us to love all his life.

Author Unknown

This is in memory of my Midnite and Baby. Will miss you.


Winter said...

That is sooo sweet! Made me tear up! =]

Armina said...

I had the same reaction when I read it too, that is why I wanted to share it.

Anonymous said...

I cannot tell you how the poem helped me. We lost our dashund last July from cancer. He was such a happy dog all his life. We got him at 7 weeks and had him for 11 years and a few months. Thank you for posting it and to the sweet lady who sent it to you.

Armina said...

I felt the same way - although my loss was my 2 kitties, it hits home with the loss of any beloved pet. They become such an integral part of our lives and our family. I am glad it gave you some comfort - it did to me when I received it.