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The Cat That Cried Dead Kittens
by Larry Rochelle

Thursday, February 24, 2005
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The Cat That Cried Dead Kittens

so sure was I that I rolled the big rocks
away, pushing them deeper into the snow so
I might see. I waited
this night for the moans, the agony of the wild
beast patrolling the backyard each full moon,
a cat like no other mother, not concealing the depth
of sadness, the voice howling with pain, carrying her dead kittens
though the yard and past the creek,
each step locked in icy snow, no problem to track
the morbid cargo down through thick thistles, their summer
brightness grayed by winds near zero, the beast raking its belly
in painful petulance, with all her mother’s zeal
confounded by hunger, tears and babies
who would not wake even as she kissed
their fur and loved their little toes.

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Reviewed by L. Figgins 2/27/2005
Achingly trajic write...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/25/2005
Awwww...painful and very tragic piece!!

I know the feeling well...losing a child not easy to handle!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 2/24/2005
A brilliant use of cadence and flow to create a piquant mood, Larry. Add pathos and horror-sadness, paint the scene sub-zero, creating a cruel, cold existance, and you've composed a most effective work. Masterful and hypnotic.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/24/2005
oh Larry, you have painted quite a scene with this word picture
beautifully done!...
Reviewed by Sue Hess 2/24/2005
this is wonderful...
Reviewed by Lori Moore 2/24/2005
This is a wonderful piece.
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 2/24/2005
This is indeed very sad and I have seen a mama dog do the same.
Reviewed by Edwin Larson 2/24/2005
A very sad well-written piece..Good job!
Reviewed by George Jackson 2/24/2005
A lyrical, haunting, beautiful poem that I intend to keep. Wonderful.
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