The Responsibility of Love

The Responsibility of Love

So many times he’d stayed with me
while I was feeling bad
He seemed to sense within his heart
the mood swings that I had
He’d lay his head upon my knee or
snuggle very near
He seemed to know just how I felt,
his way was so sincere
I can’t count the times in life
that he has made me smile
His faith in me incentive
to go that extra mile
I see him small and playful,
young and full of zest
I wonder in my heart just now
‘what would be the best?’
I trace the years we spent as friends
and thank the Lord above
For giving me a pet like this
on which to lavish love
But love’s a stream that flows both ways
and love returned to me
Without a single spoken word,
yet complete sincerity
So many years have come and gone
too rapidly I fear
For now the time has come for me
to part with something dear
God didn’t take this life from me
As well he might should do
He seems to say aloud to me
‘I’ll leave it up to you’
How could such a burden
be placed upon my heart
How can it be left to me
to say it’s time to part
Why aren’t there any answers that
are simple and sincere
Why must I be the one
to say ‘the time is here’?
I touch his fur and speak his name
The response to me is there
To make a choice such as I face
seems terribly unfair
I tend to see him running
his eyes quite bright and clear
How can time go by so fast
the end be very near
But now I see the pet I love
in pain and anguish too
I know too well within my heart
the right thing I must do
But is it right to say to him,
Now is the time to ‘go’?
Is it right to take the life of him,
the one that I love so
If you could have a choice in death
of who would have the say
Of how you’d go and when you’d go
when you had reached that day
What better choice than some true friend
who’d always been on hand
Who certainly would care the most
and try to understand
Someone in life who gave you hope
and cared for you so much
Someone who knew the best for you
and needed you and such
Remember this, if in your daze
you suffer in your doubt
Loving can mean parting
that’s what life is all about
To send him on shows mercy
love and kindness too
Be sure of this, if it could be,
he’d do the same for you

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

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