I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world,
to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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27 February 2014

Success (Now)

They miss him too,
the dear man who left us
going first into death.

Over long months
we learn to adjust
though we don't forget.

I measure things
differently now. Success
is getting them to purr.

Submitted to Poets United's Midweek Motif: Success

23 comments:

  1. I specially like: I measure things
    differently now.

    Enjoy your cats ~

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  2. Getting them to purr, and they giving you affection too. A good day.

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  3. making them happy....that is good success...
    last december we lost our 12 year old cat...
    she was a wonderful mom to my kids...

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    1. Mine, who are brother and sister, are 16.

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    2. w0w. they have lived a full life then.

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  4. Oh Rosemary, I so adore this poem. THAT is true success! I remember how close the cats were to your husband. Poignant, and simply lovely.

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  5. How lovingly you've used the words 'they' and 'we' ... a sweet and poignant poem
    ....

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  6. To me the key is that success can be measured so differently... the aspect of relativity applies so well to success.

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  7. Success is what you make it, and I enjoyed reading your take on it!

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  8. I like your definition of success, Rosemary! A cat purring is no small thing.

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    1. Yes, I think we can all define it by what we happen to value most. After he died, for a long time they were too sad for much purring.

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  9. A cat purring is a mesmerizing experience. To equate it to success is most satisfying to nature's bidding. Wonderful write Rosemary!

    Hank

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  10. i can imagine how much they miss him... cats have a fine sense for such things...good on making them happy

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    1. It has helped me too, to have that mission.

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  11. This is so sweet,Rosemary. You know my dear father died a couple of years ago and it is awfully hard for my mother though she's also adjusted a lot too. Thanks. K. Manicddaily

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    1. It's a bit-by-bit process. Never complete, but becoming bearable.

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