This morning I brushed you.
spring shedding well under way
clumps of white clogging the brush
I brought you a bowl of cold water
held it while you drank,
it took you twenty minutes
you were so tired
you rested between laps.
You liked your food today,
Licked all the gravy off carefully
too tired to finish.
You laid down on the step
in your sun patch to nap.
This afternoon I knew it was time.
We had to wait at the vets
they gave you a soft blanket to rest on,
you put your head down and tried to sleep
but I saw your ears twitch
taking in alien sounds.
I held you and told you I loved you
as the light went out of your eyes.
It was so fast
but missing you will be so slow.
Requiem for Momcat, aged 15