Parting with A Friend

Parting with A Friend

As I was driving home
One bitter winter’s night
There within my headlights
I beheld a painful sight
A tiny little puppy
Shivering and alone
It took me only seconds
To decide to take her home
I knew I couldn’t keep her
This puppy that I’d found,
I’d make a point to find a home
Or take her to the pound
But hours slipped by so quickly
Into days and months you see,
I was of the realization
That she belonged to me
It was in no way an error
That she’d been sitting there
But a subtle needed answer
To a silent little prayer
My life had seemed so lonely
My head bend hanging down
My friends thought me a problem
Said I’d always worn a frown
But this cheery little puppy
Brought me happiness and smiles
Thus I was feeling better
In just alittle while
Attributes ascribed to man
Were lavished on my friend
Patience, love and loyalty
Right up to the end
I did not note the obvious
That passed before my eyes
The slow but aging process
Was separating ties
She didn’t run and play with me
Or meet me at the latch
Her muzzle gray, her gait a limp
No games of ‘fetch’ or ‘catch’
I went out this morning
And went about my day
I simply didn’t realize
That she might pass away
Shamelessly upon my knees
I reached to touch her form
Her heart had ceased its beating
But her body was still warm
Why hadn’t I rearranged this day
And been there when she died
Futile thoughts, selfish acts
Then shamelessly I cried
Wrapped in her favorite blanket
I burried my own dear friend
Faithful, loyal and loving
Right up to the end
Looking down upon this mound
A thought flashed through my head
‘I’ll never love another dog
now that this one’s dead’
I think I knew right there and then
I’d express my love again
Someday, somewhere, somehow, someplace
I’d love another friend.

Poem by Martha Williams. El Paso, TX
copy right 1988-2011

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