October 14, 1993 – July 27, 2012

Farewell Sweet Okemo

And God asked Okemo’s spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied his precious soul
But, as a tiger, you must know
I am most able to decide when I must go.

Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied our whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
Since my human caretakers are very troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly they do.

But don’t they understand? asked God
That you’ll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
For your spirits are forever and forever more.

Eventually they will understand,
Replied our handsome Okemo
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
For I’m just a breath away from forever and forever more…