Saturday, March 12, 2011

For Mickey


One of our beloved treasured icons Mickey left us yesterday for the Rainbow Bridge. Mickey was 4 months shy of his 18th purrday. He had a long and happy life with his Mom Nancy who he had been with since a wee young kitten. His family will truly miss him: Georgia, Tillie,Tiger,Treasure and Joy Joy. His presence will be greatly here amongst us his friends on the blogosphere. Our hearts ache with you Mom Nancy. We mourn your loss dear Mickey and we will remember you. Run free and play, reinvigorated in your new pain free form at the Bridge, run ahead to wait for your Mom, your sisters, your friends. We will meet again....
To light a candle for Mickey please go here.

The Greatest Gift

I always knew this time would come,
From the very instant our eyes first met.
How I loved you then! How I love you now!
I made a promise then, and I will keep that promise now...
You will not suffer from a pain that will not heal;
You will not know the loss of a life remembered, now gone.

It is for me alone to make this decision,
The price for the bright joy and pure laughter
You brought me during the time we shared.
I am the only one who can decide when it is time.
When my hope dies, and my fear rides high,
Just when I need you most, I must let you go.

It is for you alone to tell me when you are ready
For without your guidance, I will not know
When to lay my grief, my guilt, my anger
My sorrow and my selfish heart aside
and give you this last gift, this greatest gift.
You eyes will speak to mine and I will know.

The pain of this moment is excruciating.
Tears stream down my face in a river of sorrow.
And my heart drowns in a pool of grief.
For you have spoken and I have listened,
and unlike other decisions I have made
This one brings no peace.

For if there's one thing you've taught me
If there's only one thing I've learned....
Unconditional love has a condition after all,
I must be willing to let you go, when you speak to me
I must be willing to help you go, if you cannot go alone
And I must accept my pain so you can be free of yours.

Go easily now, go quickly now,
Do not linger here, it is time for you to leave.
Go find your strength, go find your youth
Go find the ones who have gone before you
You are free to leave me now, free to let your spirit soar
Rest easy now, your pain will soon be gone.

I pray I will find comfort in my memories...
in the dark and lonely days ahead.
I cannot say I will not miss you, I cannot say I will not cry.
For only my tears can heal my broken heart.
But I promise you this; as long as I live,
You will live, alive in my mind, forever in my heart.

So I give you this last gift, all I have left to give,
And this will be my greatest gift...sending you away.
It is the measure of my unconditional love....
For only the greatest love can say
"Goodbye, go find the bridge, we'll meet again,
Loving you has been the greatest gift of all."

By Karla Bertram


  1. Beautiful post. We will miss Mickey.

    The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

  2. A sweet tribute=we loved Mickey too and miss him already...Have a fun weekend, precious friends...kisses...Calle, Halle, Sukki

  3. A lovely tribute to a friend to us all.

  4. Lovely tribute to Mickey. We are so very sad for his family.

  5. What a lovely tribute to Mickey....he had a long life filled with love.
    Hugs Madi and Mom

  6. Beautiful tribute, Abby
    Aching Heart for me too.
    Sorry, couldn't say much words.

  7. Beautiful post! Rest in Peace Mickey

  8. Our hearts are squeezed with sadness...the tribute and poem are very touching...

  9. Beautiful post for a beautiful friend.I will miss Mikey...Hugs

  10. Mickey has got to has found that purrfect blade of grass at the Bridge. We shall miss his musings.

  11. Sad, just so very sad. Such a beautiful tribute.

  12. What a lovely sweet tribute to angel Mickey! Take care

  13. What a lovely tribute. Fly high sweet Mickey.

  14. We were very sad when we heard the news.That is a lovely tribute to Mickey.

  15. A very lovely tribute to our sweet furriend. Yes, one day we will be together again.

    Purrs to his family in this difficult time.

  16. Thank you Abby & family.
    We miss Mickey, but know he is happy at the Bridge.
    It just takes some getting used to right now.
    That was a purrfect poem too.
    Purrs Georgia & Tillie,Tiger
    Treasure and JoyJoy

  17. A moving post, a lovely poem.


  18. What a beautiful tribute to dear Mickey. We miss him so much and are so sad he had to leave for the bridge.

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  20. Mickey was a very cool kitty and we are sad that it was time for him to go to the Bridge. You are right that he did have a long and happy life with his family. My Human says we will all be together with Ceiling Cat one day. RIP, Sweet Boy.

  21. Mickey was a great friend and we will miss him. Thank you for honoring him with this wonderful post. xoxo


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