Together We Shall Live Forever

Last breath, last beat of heart holds no pain
I sat there listening to your sweet sighs
and in the weary morning felt you wane
beneath my fingers and under my eyes.

So fragile is the beat that brings you in
to warmth of life so natural and new;
so delicate the pain that comes within
to lift away the endless Soul of you.

Together we had lived the finest days
and in each moment sensed no sign of death
but life hands us a fate we must obey –
to sit here, silent, feeling your last breath.

Someday I’ll reach you, my soul to sever
And together we shall live forever.

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Together We Shall Live Forever by 

A tribute to my cat. My soul’s little companion, stronger than many human ties.

Inspired by the soundtrack to The Fountain by Cliff Mansell.

Traditional English Sonnet form; my 12th sonnet in my Century with Jenifer DeBellis.

Proud to be featured in Freedom in Words and Art, February 2011


cat, loss, death, grief, sonnet, love, forever, eternity, immortal, expression


  • highbeam
    highbeamover 3 years ago

    After having to go through this recently myself… I understand the loss of family. I love this piece.

  • Thank you so much, Russell. I’m sorry you lost a loved one, too – it’s never easy and always so painful. I wish you well. Thank you for this beautiful comment.

    – lilynoelle

  • Jenifer DeBellis
    Jenifer DeBellisover 3 years ago

    I love you, beautiful soul! This is a precious tribute, one I’m all too akin to this season in life. xox

  • I love you too, Jen! Alas that growing gives us so much and yet takes so much away. And the more we open our hearts to love, the more we open our souls to pain. It isn’t fair!

    – lilynoelle

  • Jane  mcainsh
    Jane mcainshover 3 years ago

  • Jane, this means so much to me. I love your group, and this poem is close to my heart in its meaning. So, an extra thank you for this feature! XOXO

    – lilynoelle

  • Jane  mcainsh
    Jane mcainshover 3 years ago

    Lily your poem reminds me of my cat who died 10 years ago . She was a stray, and took to me right away . As she was an adult when she came to live at our place i never knew her age. She gave me 12 years of smiles , cuddles and sheer joy.
    This is a beautiful tribute to your love and life with your beloved cat.
    the ties are deep , they remain a delicate memory.

  • Thank you, Jane ~ it’s always so hard to lose a pet, especially when you’re so close. I have a stray at home, and he is a delight! Rachel was the only cat I had since kittenhood, so I was able to be with her almost literally from birth until death. They are, indeed, a delicate memory. <3

    – lilynoelle

  • musabenedetta
    musabenedettaover 3 years ago

    You capture the grief of loss perfectly. You have me in tears, but the good kind, the cleansing kind.

    You, my dear, have a true gift! You are an alchemist with words.

  • Thank you, Samantha! You have always given me such great encouragement to keep writing, and I love yours as well. YOU have a gift! <3

    – lilynoelle

  • vkatt0304
    vkatt0304about 3 years ago

    So tragic but in a beautiful way!

  • Thank you, hun. <3

    – lilynoelle

  • HamperRefuser
    HamperRefuserabout 3 years ago

    You are amazing, this is brillaint, really enjoyed reading this

  • Thank you so much! It came from the heart, and I suppose the truest work is made when it’s felt so deeply. :)

    Thank you.


    – lilynoelle

  • RhythmImpulse
    RhythmImpulseover 2 years ago

    Wow. This is absolutely wonderful! You captured the pain of losing a pet perfectly. This is what people mean when they say a piece of work is “beautifully heartbreaking.”

  • luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast
    luvapples down...about 2 years ago

    I love this

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