Cat Love (#poem) + How to Make A Photo Collage

a cat collage I made for my dad

Many people love cats.

My family is no exception.

That is why, for Father’s Day in 2013, I decided to give my father something that he wanted: the gift of memories.

I accomplished this by making a Cat Photo Collage for him, because he loves cats.

I also wrote the poem, Cat Love, for him, which I included in the collage.

Here is the poem, which you can clearly see pasted into the collage:

Cat Love

Cats provide companionship,

semi-conditional love and joy;

Purring when happy,

growling when annoyed.

They each have personalities

and unique characteristics.

They have an amazing ability to heal

using their purrs and licks.

Cats are just like little children,

and will eat wet food on command.

They’ll ask to go outside

so they can roam and play.

They’ll bring home mice as presents,

whether cats are orange, black, white or grey.

Cats are adorable little creatures

– I think this is something we all know –

For all the reasons listed here,

this is why we love them so!

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A Poem for My “Janu” (A.K.A Mr. “X”)

A Poem for My Janu

Good news! I’m in love!

But… don’t get too happy for me just yet… because I live in Canada and the guy I am in love with lives in India.

Yeah.

*SIGH*

How I Met My Janu (and what “Janu” means)

We met on Facebook, of all places, if you can believe that!

It’s kind of funny, actually, because I had been trying the whole “online dating thing” since mid-March (of 2016)… with no luck.

I joined one particular dating site and then, about a month later, I joined another. And the online “dancing” began.

UGH.

It’s tough trying to get to know someone, especially when many guys lie about what they are truly looking for (most are just looking for a quick hook-up or a one-night stand). It’s even tougher to try and get to know someone when they are playing mind games, lying to you.

After many different conversations and picture exchanges, I decided to meet a few guys in person. However, I didn’t “click” with anyone. The only guy I was even remotely interested in was not 100% interested in me, even though he said he was. I soon found out that he was a liar. I don’t need people like that in my life!

Anyways, it’s a good thing that I didn’t really connect with any of these guys! I wouldn’t have found Mr. X otherwise! (I will call the guy I am in love with Mr. X for now, because he doesn’t want anyone knowing who he is. The customs and cultures in his country are very different from those in North America, and I want to respect his privacy.)

It was Mr. X’s birthday recently, and I wanted to do something special for him.

I made him a poem picture using the letters of his name, took a picture of it, and sent it to him.

I also wrote the following poem for him and sent it to him. I posted it on Facebook, too. Janu, apparently, is Hindi for “my love,” “my dear,” or “my life.” I think it can also be spelled “Jaanu.” I’m not sure. I don’t speak Hindi!!! (However, I’m learning a few words…) 😉

Anyway, here is the poem I wrote:

Happy Birthday to my JANU in India

I wanted to write a special poem to say
How much I think of you each and every day.
There is something really special about you,
And though we’re miles apart,
My feelings for you are true.
I’m so very attracted to you
and think you are a handsome, gorgeous man.
I really want us to be together forever,
and honestly, truly hope we can.
You’ve got a big heart and an intelligent mind,
You speak such nice words to me, and are very kind.
Despite my past, you show a lot of respect to me,
and by your side is where I want to be.
I’ve never fallen in such true love so fast before,
and can’t wait to see you arrive at my door.
If you feel the same way about me,
I vow I will wait for you and other people I won’t see.
I want us to be committed to one another for life.
I’ve even considered – some day – of being your wife.
I’m ready for a real, lasting relationship with someone,
And I hope that I can stop looking now, that I’m done…
Because I found you, or because you found me —
Because we found each other —
And, that together, we are meant to be.
<3 Written on June 25, 2016 for my “Janu.” <3

How We Are Strengthening Our Relationship

Mr. X and I somehow became “Facebook friends.”

He sent me a message. When I first saw it, I was busy and didn’t have time to reply to him.

Later, when I had time, I took a look at his profile pictures. Somehow, they spoke to me. I was immediately physically attracted to him.

Look at him… he’s gorgeous!!!

This is picture of my sexy Mr. X.

I immediately wanted to get to know him!

So, I replied to his message… and…

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A Special Strength

image of the poem I wrote that was shared on Facebook

I wrote the following poem during my trip to Toronto

I gave copies of it (the whole page) to a few parents who were staying at RMH (Ronald McDonald House).

I went there after my niece, Sam, lost her eye.

A Poem For YOU

I wrote the following on the page I handed out:

This poem is meant to uplift you. It was written by the sister of one of the RMH guests, who stayed at RMH for two weeks in October 2015 while her niece recovered from chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. She met many wonderful parents and children while here… including you!

A Special Strength

The struggles I face sometimes seem too much to bear,

But the people who surround me, who really DO care,

Help make things better by giving me might,

Which empowers me as I endure my plight.

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Midge, My Tilted Kitty

Midge, with her head tilted

I will tell you up front that Midge is a cat and not a person.

She and Veronica are the newest additions to my parents’ home. All of the other cats my parents had are now gone. (I honored them all in a cat collage I made my dad for Father’s Day.)

And yes, I’m using this blog today to share my love for Midge.

The way I see it is like this: watching Midge is like watching poetry in motion. (That’s my justification!)

That, and the song I wrote for her. (I’ll get to that in a minute.)

Meet Midge

Midge is my new baby. She and Veronica – along with Princess – actually all belong to my mom and dad, but I’m always at their house, and so I’ve been spending a lot of time with Midge, who I think is the cutest cat ever!

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