October 28, 1998
You were my old dear friend,
In my life for a very long time.
You've seen me through the bad times,
As well as the good ones too!
In one swift decision, you were gone from
My life, my love, and my world.
My heart aches for you all the time,
To see you run and play,
To pet your kind little head,
To watch you sleep,
All curled up in a ball,
To hear your loud thunderous purr,
To have you near me just one last time.
I know that you are in a better place now,
And that we will meet once again.
I only wish we could have one last day,
To say "Good-Bye".
In Loving memory of my 16 year old cat, "Bandit".
By: Lirica Copyright ©1998
This poem was entered in a poetry contest. A quote from the letter recieved by The National Library of Poetry, "It is my pleasure to inform you that after carefully reading "My Memory Of You" our Selection Committee has certified your poem as a semi-finalist in our North American Open Poetry Contest." This poem was also selected for possible publication.
I'm pleased to report that on Dec. 26, 1998 I recieved in the mail a letter stating that my poem above will be published and a copy of the publisher's proof representing my poem as it is now scheduled to appear in print.
Today (March 4, 1999) I recieved in the mail the following: "Thank you for entering our recent contest. The judges wish to recognize your outstanding poetic contribution to this anthology. We are therefore pleased to award you our editor's choice award for your contest entry as published in "Shelter In The Shade". Congratulations on your creative achievement".
If you have a poem that you would like to enter in their contest, (they have a contest every year. It starts on December 1, of every year and ends on November 30, of every year.) here is the following information:
How To Enter
Anyone may enter the competition simply by sending in Only One original poem, any subject, any style, to:
The National Library of Poetry
1 Poetry Plaza
Owings Mills, MD 21117-6282
OR ENTER ONLINE AT:THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF POETRY
The poem should be no more than 20 lines, and the poet's name and address must appear on the top of the page. Entries must be postmarked by November 30, of each year. All poets who enter will receive a response concerning their artistry within seven weeks.