? - 2010
Photo by Larry Leaven
This poem is dedicated to Magda (Sandy), who lived with us for a few weeks in 2008 and who died at the end of this summer. I wrote a bit about her on Mother's Day, how she was dropped off on our road and cared for so many kittens. We are happy that she was able to live her last two years in such comfort and love with our good friends.
Students - a poem is a meaningful way to remember someone who has died. Often, people read poems at funerals or tuck poems into cards of a deceased person's family members. Writing a poem about someone does help us keep that person (or animal) alive in a small way. It also helps us heal. And while this poem does not describe everything about Sandy, it attempts to give words to "catness".
My friend, first grade teacher Susan Keller, of Harold O. Brumsted Elementary in Holland, NY, once had a hermit crab as a class pet. When Gus died, the children wrote poems about him and shared them with each other. The children formed a line and each took a turn touching his shell and saying goodbye. As teachers, we create rituals and routines that teach our students how to show reverence and care for all beings, large and small.
Rest in peace, Magda (Sandy).
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