"What we have enjoyed, we can never lose ...
All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us." 
Helen Keller 

Every year around this time
As I begin decorating our tree
My thoughts always turn to him
He always brought us so much glee

He was the very first gift I ever gave my sweetheart
When we first started dating that snowy Christmas Eve
And he quickly immersed himself into our hearts and souls
Where he still remains today and hopefully will never leave

He was a wondrously playful white feline
Who seemed to especially love the Holidays
And he truly brightened ours for many a year
So we truly miss his presence in so many ways

He absolutely adored the little Christmas train
As it chugged its way around our Christmas tree
And he especially delighted in the sound of its whistle
Purring deep within his soul as he listened to it so merrily

Colourful Christmas ribbons and bows were his special toys
He joyously played with them for hours each and every day
And he absolutely loved wrapping himself up in our gift boxes
Making us constantly laugh hysterically throughout the Holidays

And long after every Holiday Season had passed
He still played with Christmas decorations with cheer
I truly believe deep within my nostalgic heart and soul
That he thought Christmas Spirit should last the entire year

Our tiny white Christmas Star named Little Henry
Lost his battle with severe kidney disease several years ago
But each year after the Christmas decorations are all finally finished
I can somehow spot his aura atop our tree – still purring and all a glow

© Ed Kostro

Please support, and visit,
Your local animal shelter

This Holiday Season,
Where your Christmas Star
May be waiting, just for you.





A Morning Kiss

A morning kiss, a discreet touch of his nose landing somewhere on the middle of my face.
Because his long white whiskers tickled, I began every day laughing.

Janet F Faure

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