Feb. 23, 04
Remember Me Mummy – In Memory of my Adorable Cat Pippin
Pippin was only two years old, he was killed a few days ago by a car.
Here is the Poem I wrote for his mum (my wife) who is inconsolable.
I was only out playing as I usually do
Just looking to bounce with a friend or two,
I was running and jumping
Getting my little heart pumping.
The road was quiet, I always looked
When I heard the car, I got so spooked,
It didn’t hurt me mummy, I promise you so
It was just my time, time to go where special pets go.
Its humans you see it’s not a dream
I was taken by a man made metal machine,
They called it a car which went too fast
I am now gone and forever in the past .
My friends up here are looking after me
But not the same as being on your knee,
Mummy please, please remember me
I loved you so, so much you see.
Until we meet again, just look at the moon
We will cuddle again one special day soon ,
Up here in heaven I have my sight
When I see you next, it will be my delight.
Mummy oh mummy please be free
Always, always remember me.
Author – Michael Thomas Chambers
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