The Orange Dude

In Memoriam - May 1, 2001 - June 26, 2010

“The Dude Abides”

A spirit of deep connection, thinly disguised as casual élan Clothed in burnt-orange livery shining brightly as the sun Variegations – organic wood-grained coat - a beauty to behold Deep orange eyes that seemed to match – took you from youth to old


Never taken for granted, always present with tenure so very long Your absence now is such a void – seems short as breeze’s song So typical in many ways – unique in many more A practiced hunter’s species – but never killed before


A comic here, a bit prideful there, a mix of diverse will With loyalty and watchfulness squeezed on our window sill In many homes, you made them so, your presence did adorn Without your caring vigilance, our hearts feel hurt and torn


You meant so much to each of us – a diplomat supreme Stair boxing, project companion - or in the garden green A “Bear,” a “Dude,” or “Refrigerator Perry,” a cat known as “The Moo,” All these and more you were seen – by us and others too


A communicator without much noise – save purring loud and strong The first to come, the last to go stayed with your life so long A perch on floor or back of chair - not one for finding laps Always close, always kind – you trained us well perhaps


From strong and lively kitten, who walked up grass-clothed wall To serene senior citizen, you took us through life’s hall Our own time clocked substantially, to your more shortened pace You taught us lessons valuable ‘bout how one wins this race


Serenity and friendship, devotion to different types Less energy spent on useless tasks, engagement not much hype An “understanding” base line – communication’s way Gave us so much of you to love, and you your nice long stay


After long and wondrous life you finally began to fade We cried “good-bye” (we just had to let you go)…no more could then be said Your trusting, joyful lion heart beat strongly to the end Your gentle love will carry on and you remain our friend