Where Do We Go From Here? by Phillip Schreibman, in My Cat Saved My Life

Where Do We Go From Here? by Phillip Schreibman, in My Cat Saved My Life

Where do cats go when they die? 
Where does anybody go? 
I saw some clouds rushing across the sky 
and I thought that Alice was running away from me. 
Where are you running? 
What substance are you in now? 
Does such a clear personality, 
so loved by the living, 
just disappear into nothing? 
Or do each of your molecules contain who you are 
and so that quintessence of habits, 
likes and dislikes, memories and desires, 
is wafted into the universe. 
Why not a cloud?

Or the other. 
That the conglomeration of atoms 
that made you are all that you were. 
Together, they formed the brilliant machine 
and the place behind the eyes. 
But separated and scattered, 
no longer held together 
by the mysterious glue of life, 
you are no longer.
If we found the bits, 
painstakingly reconstructed them 
like after an airplane crash, 
could I get you back? 
Otherwise, it seems like such a terrible waste 
for such a wonderful creature to have been formed, 
one who so loved Creation 
and with so much joy 
and who understood its purpose 
so much better than I, 
and then to have it disappear. 
Sickness and disaster 
may be the consequences of physical nature, 
and death may be the corollary of life, 
but can there be no essence, no soul? 
And if there is a soul, where is Alice now?

And if there is someone who thinks 
that only humans have souls, 
shame on you. 
God laughs at your pride.


2000 by Phillip Schreibman, in 
My Cat Saved My Life 
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, Publisher 
Reprinted with Permission of the Author 

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Where Do We Go From Here? by Phillip Schreibman, in My Cat Saved My Life

Where Do We Go From Here? by Phillip Schreibman, in My Cat Saved My Life

Where Do We Go From Here? by Phillip Schreibman, in My Cat Saved My Life

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