The Sweet Sixteen Kitties are having a Family Reunion this weekend (from today 'til Sunday), and it's a special bash to honor, as MaoMao put it so beautifully, our precious feline friends who have gained in years and experience.
Everykitty is invited, and there will be all kinds of fun things to do: games, storytelling, delicious food and drink, and I will be reading a special poem I wrote in honor of the occasion. Here I am practicing my poetry reading, which will occur on Saturday night.
The poem I wrote is from both me and darling Mickeybear in heart and in spirit. He suggested to me the form I should use for my poem: sixteen lines with a rhyme scheme similar to his favorite poem ever (and one of my favorites, too): "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley.
So please, everykitty who can, join me and the Ballicai at the Sweet Sixteens Reunion this weekend -- it will be an extra-special event for extra-special and wonderful kitties.
And Mickeybear: you will be accompanying me to the reunion, for to quote ee cummings:
"i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)"
UPDATE: Good news to share. Momma caught Shadow, the fourth of the feral kitties, to go to his new home on the farm, away from the highway. That leaves only Starlight, and Mom is confident she can catch him soon, too.
Momma's happy the feral kitties are safer, but she's missing them. This quote speaks to where her heart is right now: "If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden."
~Attributed to Claudia Ghandi