Conversation with a cat

The ‘conversation’ was actually with a different cat. But the photo I took of this beautiful cat inspired me to write the poem.

The Goodbye – a conversation with a cat:


Sadness, she said, is merely joy not recognised.

Pain? Pleasure not yet embraced.

Longing, my friend, well, you already have it!

Hunger? Satisfaction without waste.


Then tell me, please do, can a man smile

At loss? At separation?

When death itself is faced?

One step ahead, as ever,

She smiled, as out of my life she paced.


A poem by Justin Durant