by Janet Blue on September 8, 2016

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday


We are joining Sammy (onespoiledcat) again this week by writing another poem. Our challenge this week was to write a poem using the prompt letter “M.” With two angel cats and two current cats with names beginning with the letter “M,” I had several kitties I could choose to write about. I selected angel Madison. I recently wrote about him for Friendly Fill-Ins. If you missed that post, you can read it here.

Instead of sharing another photo of Madison, I have selected to share this portrait painted by Lou Belcher (Before You Write).




For Madison
A Poem from the Heart


Madison wandered the neighborhood for many months.
He would stop here often to have some lunch,
But he was shy and did not want to be touched.

We’d taken in stray cats through the years,
And the ones we couldn’t keep left me in tears
As they were all enchanting little dears.

Madison came back to our house day after day
And began living on our porch, no longer really a stray,
But he continued to shun my approaches and keep me at bay.

I swore I would not invite him to join the clan;
Though, I found myself becoming quite a fan
Of this most handsome, white-furred, blue-eyed man.

After six months I broke down and asked him inside,
As he was just such a sweet and well-mannered guy.
I realized I’d be stupid to let this opportunity pass by.

He and MacKenzie became the very best of friends,
And Louise he was always quick to snuggle and defend.
He was loved and cherished by all until his very end.

Madison became an angel at less than 12 years old.
It broke my heart as his frail body became cold,
And I realized he’d no longer be here for me to hold.

Madison returned once to the garden for a visit,
And I wished that I could have given him a kiss
To let him know just how much he was missed.

I knew he was there to let me know he was okay
And that the two of us would meet again some day
To love each other forever, snuggle and even play.

Madison truly was a special cat, and it did break my heart when he died 13 days after being diagnosed with lymphoma. Madison was not quite 12 years old, and he had been with us for just ten years.

One of the things we enjoyed was sitting together on a bench in the garden. So, I was not surprised when he visited me while I was working in one of the flowerbeds. I caught him approaching out of the corner of my left eye. The visit only lasted a few seconds, but it brought me such peace. I think of that day and my special Kitty, Madison, often.

Lavinia Ross September 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm

That is a beautiful poem for Madison, Janet. Glad you were able to take him in. So sorry you lost him to lymphoma.

The Island Cats September 8, 2016 at 5:06 pm

What a nice poem honoring Madison. He was lucky that you took him in and gave him a wonderful home for those 10 years.
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Sherri-Ellen TD. September 8, 2016 at 4:43 pm

What a luvley poe-em Aunty Janet…..
Yur Madison sure was a hansum mankat. Wee are so-o sorry hee went to Pure Land so young…..
Mee hopess hee an NYLABLUE are furendss there…..
***paw kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxxxxx
Pee S: Pleeze furgive us fur not beein around…..LadyMum has been either too unwell or else out with one of mee Auntyss’….so wee are far behind… 🙁

da tabbies o trout towne September 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Madison; yur mom created a total lee awesum poem for ewe….we noe ewe can
see it, N we hope ya stop in de gardin again fora another wee visit sum time soon ~~~~~~just sew her noez yur still doin grate ♥♥♥♥♥ dude & sauce ~~~~~~~

McGuffy's Reader September 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm

I can relate…sadly. Each one, each little soul, matters. And everything you do matters, too. Much love to you.
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Ellen Pilch September 8, 2016 at 11:31 am

Beautiful poem, even if it made me cry. Madison sounds like he was a sweet boy, I am sorry you didn’t get to have him with you longer, but how nice that he did get to be loved for 10 years. And how special that he visited, I keep praying mine would do that. XO
I love the painting too.
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Brian September 8, 2016 at 11:31 am

That was such a sweet tribute to dear Madison.
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Emma and Buster September 8, 2016 at 10:56 am

Very touching.
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Three Chatty Cats September 8, 2016 at 9:45 am

What a sweet and beautiful poem for a special cat.
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Flynn September 8, 2016 at 9:28 am

That is a beautiful poem for Madison. It is special when they return to visit us. I have seen Eric several times from the corner of my eye, and at first thought it was a reflection from my glasses, but I have also had it happen when not wearing them.
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Stephanie B September 8, 2016 at 9:00 am

That is beautiful, i could feel your love for him in that poem. We are currently feeding a feral that I wish we could get close to. My husband even built a cat house for her. WE call her Midnight because that’s when we believe she comes to eat.

The Menagerie Mom September 8, 2016 at 7:58 am

Oh, what a beautiful, touching tribute to your sweet Madison. I really, truly love reading your poetry. It is just so beautiful. I also love this painting of Madison, another beautiful tribute to him. Purrs to you!
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Rosa @ Cat Lady Confidential September 8, 2016 at 6:12 am

What a beautiful poem and a beautiful way to honor a departed pet!
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Toby September 8, 2016 at 3:24 am

A beautiful poem for a beautiful kitty.
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Summer September 8, 2016 at 2:13 am

What a lovely poem, and memory of Madison.
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The Swiss Cats September 8, 2016 at 1:53 am

What a great poem, and beautiful tribute to your angel Madison. Purrs
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Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles September 8, 2016 at 1:48 am

Madison sure was special and so loved. You were blessed to have been able to meet and help him.
Hugs and purrs.

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