Grief my old and dearest friend

Grief my oldest and dearest friend …

I don't want to lose patience

My old friend returns, like a heavy arm draped
across tired shoulders
You weigh me down heavily yet heavenly
my soul breathes you inward and out again
I taste every breath you allow me

Closer now than ever to joining those gone before
and some even long before
You must live on they say put the loss behind you
I look down now at the muzzle of white hair and grieve
to miss you like the sun beneath its setting

Some people would never allow themselves to love a dog
what they say, you had to put him down?
And let me count the years you lay across my stockinged feet
for evenings uncountable
your warmth spreading upwards through my legs

I go to my knees as I watch the needle gently slide into your
shoulder without even one shudder in your breath
slowing and slowing again I know I’m witnessing
the last breath of dear friend
I lay down my face to your ear and say I love you

Stroking your golden beautiful hair my tears flow free
a kiss adorns the softest ears ever felt
One last breath softly in and out and no more
I know you are gone
I know you are gone

For my Golden Retriever Agustus !


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Sometime in my life, I started to write about my life journey, in poetry, in story perhaps to sort them out and enter them into a place of safekeeping. The soul of the writer is perhaps best described in their words, emotions and thoughts. If these poems or stories touch something inside you then maybe I have succeeded in sharing. I will not write about my self in profile, because self isn't so important in writing. Only the journey in words and the sharing are important. Why would we say "Now about me!"... I'd rather write about life, nature, serenity ...

3 thoughts on “Grief my old and dearest friend

  • June 4, 2022 at 4:07 PM

    Ed, you have a great skill for touching my heart, like a feather softly touches my face to catch the tears. How lovingly you say farewell to your dear friend. He will rest in peace, blessed for all the love you gave him.

  • June 6, 2022 at 5:58 PM

    Ed I keep the pictures of my Labs Joey and Millie as screensavers. Even though they have gone to Rainbow Bridge I have not been able to let go. My daughter keeps asking me if we can adopt a dog and I have to so no. I am not ready yet. Thank you for your poem. Jamie

  • June 8, 2022 at 1:46 PM

    Ed I am very sorry for your loss. I like my dog more than most humans so I understand. It makes the pain so much worse when you have to watch the life leave their eyes. It is one of the most heartbreaking moments any dog owner has ever lived through. May he rest in peace. Sorry again for your loss.


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