July 1983 ----- December 6 1999
Written a year before Ming's death:
To dearest Ming my cherished friend.
I dread the tears your death will send.
I hope your life's been happy--
Content-with food and warmth inside.
To all those cats less fortunate,
My heart is open wide.
I ignore the calls I hear-
As nature beckons you away from me.
Knowing that you'll go someday-
That's the way it has to be.
Until that day I'll hold you close.
Remembering what joy you bring.
My friend my companion my
I'll always love you Ming.
You are dearly missed.