My Shadow Sleeps Forever

Fur remains to mark
the common, cozy places of his rest.
Nuzzling, my constant companion of over
16 years seeks solace in my touch.
His nose nudges my hands as though
propelled by the vibration of his purring.
Matted, greasy fur from a lack of
self care covers him. He headbutts me in earnest,
as aggressive for affection as ever.

I have known him through all his years,
though 10 passed me by the time he arrived.
Precocious, inquisitive, and all the other
adjectives we bestow upon the young.
Following my footsteps, his padding paws
were ever-present.
He was vocal from the beginning:
baby “mews” that squeaked from little lungs;
hearty “arrs” and “ows” in adulthood;
and final, ornery, pitiful yowls for release.

Arthritis arrested his joints;
he wasted away as his appetite
disappeared and we discovered
bony hips once covered by powerful haunches.
His claws no longer retracted,
now creating a “ticktickticktick” when he prowled the
hardwood of our first floor.
Houses with too many stairs became his enemy;
he trudged from food to litter box until
he could no longer make the trip in time.

Some days sleep was his only escape,
though if he woke and saw my face,
purrs soon permeated the air. I could never be sure
whether his whiskers and twitching paws,
unsettled by snores,
signified dreams or nightmares.

But my shadow sleeps
forever; gone
from the pain of this world.
He leaves behind comforting memories;
an example of unconditional love and affection.
He lives on in dreams; warming himself in the sun,
surrounded by the smell of fresh-sliced ham,
cold water dripping from his whiskers, and
the chirping of birds to be
stalked in the tall grass.

by Erik Shinker

Four Year Anniversary!

Yet another year has passed with us all in a strange place that I certainly didn’t see coming. You have all been so supportive despite the fact my content and schedule have changed, and that is such a comfort.

I used to list my stats of the types of posts, amount of followers, and more information like that; however, this blog has become much more of a personal outlet for me over the last year, so I will simply thank you again for all of your support.

I can’t say what is certain in the future, but I will continue to blog as long as I have content to share.

Sincerely,
Erik
Perpetually Past Due

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Previously: Three Year Anniversary!

Minnesota’s Best Emerging Poets 2019

I have some very exciting news to share today; last month, I had a poem accepted to be included in the upcoming book, Minnesota’s Best Emerging Poets 2019!

The book will be available to buy through Amazon and Z Publishing’s website on November 30th, but you can pre-order now at this link for a copy.

Minnesota’s Best Emerging Poets 2019 contains 30 poems by writers like myself discussing relevant and poignant topics with each of us doing our best to seek and realize our truths.

Feel free to check out Z Publishing House’s website for more information on this and other books that they have published.

Thank you for reading and enjoy a photo of my cat being a ham!

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Three Year Anniversary!

Another year has passed with many changes, though almost all for the better. You have all been so supportive despite the fact my content and schedule have changed, and that is such a comfort; here is the current count since last year:

115 book reviews, 25 editorials, 79 Music Mondays, 43 movie reviews, and 16 personal posts with 1980 followers on WordPress, and 162 on Facebook.

Though I may seem like the cliche broken record, thank you again for all of your support. I couldn’t have a more amazing and humbling group of followers and friends, and that is entirely thanks to all of you reading this. As has become tradition, here is a picture of Hunter being adorable.

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He has a weird fascination with the texture of my guitar case.

Previously: Two Year Anniversary!

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An Impromptu Blog: Over 1,600 followers on WordPress.com!

You all continue to amaze me! Perpetually Past Due has over 1,600 dedicated followers on WordPress.com! I have been so lucky to have you all reading my content, discussing, sharing your own, and sticking with me as this blog has transformed into something more than I could have ever imagined. As usual, here is a picture of one of my cats being adorable!

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This is how Hunter celebrates. He’s 16 lbs and 16-years-old; cut him some slack!

Thank you again to my 1,603 followers on WordPress.com, the 153 on the blog’s Facebook page, the 1,223 on Twitter, and everyone who reads the posts on my LinkedIn profile. Here’s to the next 1,600!

Previously: An Impromptu Blog: Over 800 followers on WordPress.com!

Two Year Anniversary!

Strange as it seems, another year passed and it is time to celebrate another anniversary on the blog. As cliché as it is to say, it seems like just yesterday that I had hit one year and posted the photo of Hunter and Nina getting along. So, here is the current count:

88 book reviews, 18 editorials, 18 Music Mondays, and 18 movie reviews with 1,031 followers on WordPress, 740 on Twitter, and 116 on Facebook.

I have been able to discuss, engage, and create more content for this blog, which serves as a living portfolio for my writing, and I am forever grateful to all of you for reading. This year, I’ll show off my sister’s cat, Willow, who now has a tail that could have a successful career as a feather duster.

Once again, thank you so much for reading and I look forward to another great year of blogging!

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I mean look at it; she’s like a freakin’ snow leopard.

Previously: One Year Anniversary!

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An Impromptu Blog: Over 800 followers on WordPress.com!

Despite my wildest expectations, The Past Due Review has over 800 dedicated followers on WordPress.com! I have been so lucky to have you all reading my content and I have enjoyed the expansion through Music Mondays and Movie Reviews; I hope you have as well. As usual, here is a picture from October of one of my cats being adorable!

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Look at him; like a beached whale.

Thank you again to my 801 followers on WordPress.com, the 113 on the blog’s Facebook page, the 608 on Twitter, and everyone who reads the posts on my LinkedIn profile. Here’s to the next 800!

Previously: An Impromptu Blog: Over 400 followers on WordPress.com!

An Impromptu Blog: Over 400 followers on WordPress.com!

Despite my wildest expectations, The Past Due Book Review has over 400 dedicated followers on WordPress.com! I will do my best not to repeat myself from previous updates and keep it short, so here is a picture of my sister’s kitten, Willow, snoozing after spending a good ten minutes attacking my hands.

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Look at those furry, little murder mittens.

Thank you again to my 401 followers on WordPress.com, the 88 on the blog’s Facebook page, the 76 on Twitter, and everyone who reads the posts on my LinkedIn profile. Here’s to the next 400!

Previously: An Impromptu blog: Over 200 followers on WordPress.com!

An Impromptu Blog: Over 200 followers on WordPress.com!

You all continue to astound me and I can now say that The Past Due Book Review has surpassed 200 dedicated followers on WordPress.com! I truly enjoy not only sharing my writing but the amount of engagement that has happened on the blog over the last few months so here’s a picture of Hunter being drowsy and photogenic simultaneously as a reward.

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Thank you again to my 200 followers on WordPress.com, the 53 on the blog’s Facebook page, the 40 on Twitter, and everyone who reads the posts on my LinkedIn profile. Here’s to the next 200!

Previously: An Impromptu Blog: Over 100 followers on WordPress.com!