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For Claudia

Our cat, Claudia, crossed the rainbow bridge this Saturday, April 2, 2022. This poem is for her:

I have carried your frail body, light and thin to the water dish and the food dish,
held you up as you wobbled for balance, so you could eat and drink.
You were as air, and I brought you to your favorite place in the window,
to watch the tiny dinosaurs and the birds. 
But once you left us, passing into the universe,
your shell became heavy - as if it was absorbing the weight of my grief,
and the waiting earth was calling to it.
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