In these times of serious uncertainty regarding the world due to the many threats facing us all, our very lives, and the USA (which is now under dismal leadership), my thoughts and emotions more and more turn to dogs. How wonderful they are, how our lives are made bearable by their dear, temporary presence.
For those of us who love them (and all animals as a result), all of the other, horribly unfortunate dogs’ (and all animals’) plights in this world are unbearably heartbreaking and soul crushing. Using words for it all seems meaningless…it goes so much deeper.
Another serious heartbreak comes with each and every one of our beloved dogs passing from this world. So sad and terrible a loss, so many memories, and it happens time and time again, since they only live about one-sixth as long as we do, and many of us have two or more dogs at a time. So in a modest tribute to dogs, who truly are a blessing, as opposed to so many people, I wanted to share a beautiful poem and some great photos. Hope you like them. (Photos are all courtesy of Pixabay.com)
This is for dog people of course, but for cat (or whichever) people, you only need to replace the word “dog” and I’m sure it hits home, also regarding any truly loved one.
Poem by Colleen Fitzsimmons
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
The Loss Of A Heart-Dog
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you so softly as you brushed away a tear,
“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea.
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wished I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you that I’m not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said, “It’s me.”
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It’s possible for me to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.”
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew…
In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over now … I smile and watch you yawning,
And say, “Goodnight, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.”
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out — then come home to be with me.