I wrote this in February, on the day our dog died, and I still haven't gotten over it; but as someone said - we never really do.

(image courtesy of Maud Earl from Wikimedia Commons)

In Memoria Canis

As I write I can look down to where,
on his bed next to me he lies curled
under his blanket, his nose uncovered,
and he is here, but hes also not here.
Was it was only this morning that I carried
him out to the car, for his last journey to
the vets, where we had to decided that
he'd had enough, and could go to his rest.

For tonight, he will be with us in the house
and tomorrow, early, well dig his grave
and there will be words to say, about how
much he meant to us, by being with us for
the ten years we had him as a rescue dog.
And it was the taken-for-granted familiarity,
the routines we shared, the daily dog walks;

And the holidays we planned around him;
and how long we could leave him when out,
when he then became the third person,
whos now departed; and as you said, its
like stepping off a cliff, without the sense
of a landing; and I see you being busy now:
sorting his things, the little tokens of his life,
and yes, I know, thousands are also dying,
in wars, famines, and yes also in abattoirs;

But this was one life that we shared together,
which does not subtract from the rest of it;
and arent we just animals, staring into night?
Our emotions will not change what happens
when faced with extinction; but if we can love
a dog, for just being a dog, then maybe it says
something about ourselves; and perhaps
that we are also loved for just being human,
and by giving some of that love to a dog.
we are then ourselves more loved thereby

D G Moody 2023

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Written on 2023-08-21 at 17:03

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Alan J Ripley The PoetBay support member heart!
Dear Dougie
I have read this poem several times,
It. Stirs the very fabric of my soul.
A nice and well crafted poem,
For a soul that you miss.
I appreciate your sharing this.
Regards Alan

Griffonner The PoetBay support member heart!
I've had the honour to read this before. it is rewarding for me personaly to see you receive such nice comments from fellow PoetBay'rs, so I'm sure it will also be rewarding to you too Dougie. The loss of a loving pet is truly an earth shattering event. I sincerely hope that your closing postulation is fact, and that Love will rebound to Mankind in general. Blessings and love, Allen

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
When humanity extents beyond humans, it is truly as it should be, a revelation of our best nature.

I am sorry for you loss, and so appreciate your words.

Uncle Meridian The PoetBay support member heart!
A moving tribute and a well-wrought poem. Thank you for sharing it here.