IN LOVING MEMORY OF BASIL
6/28/1990 - 1/25/2011
In our time here on earth as ailurophiles, our paths will cross with a few- or many- beings of the feline persuasion. They will love us unconditionally, entertain us, exasperate us, take care of us, rescue us and change our lives just a little bit- or sometimes dramatically. Every cat we ever know is memorable for a myriad of reasons, but for most of us, there is one in particular who somehow captures our heart and mind like no other. They are enigmas who fill our souls with love and emotions that are sometimes inconceivable and mystifying, yet we accept it just as we accept that the sky is blue and water is wet. And when their time here winds down and they pass from this existence, they take a part of our soul with them and we are never the same. Yet, even in the darkest days of grief from such a horrible loss, we never forget how blessed we are to have shared such precious time with "the one," and for the rest of our lives we will think of them often. We will laugh remembering the amusing things they did, sigh wistfully thinking of the love they shared, and shed many tears wishing they were still with us, yearning to caress their velvety fur and hear the rumble of their contented purr. And, if we are lucky in the years to come, we may just catch a glimpse of them here and there as a magical reminder that "the one" has never really left us.
Basil was "the one."
Oh, gone from me! lost in Eternal Night,
Lost Star of light
Risen splendidly, set so soon,
Through the weariness of life's afternoon
I dream of your memory yet.
My loved and lost, whom I could not save,
My youth went down with you to the grave,
Though other planets and stars may rise,
I dream of your soft and beautiful eyes
And I cannot forget.