‘Weep not for me – in Memory of a Beloved Cat’ by Constance Jenkins is a sensitively poem written for the author’s sister, Mary, on the death of Mary’s beloved 12 year old cat, Isolde.  Simply written with one line on each page and a beautiful illustration by Pat Schaverien on the opposite page, it is a love letter from Isolde’s point of view to Mary.  The simplicity is deeply moving and touching.

I read this little book in a matter of minutes, but you could, if you wanted to, meditate on each line and really feel the empathy in each word as Constance strove to comfort Mary.    

Many of us know the pain and sorrow at losing our beloved feline companions and will want to shy away from wordier tomes intended to make us feel better.  The simplicity of Constance’s poem, says far more in fewer words than many books purposefully written on pet bereavement.

Published by Souvenir Press in hardback format, the ISBN number is:  9780285634923

A Cats Prayer

Lead me down all the right paths,
Keep me from fleas, bees, and baths.
Let me in should it storm,
Keep me safe, fed, and warm.


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