Poetry

No Title Will Suffice . . .

He is
fading away
with all the
grace
that one could
hope to coax
from one
simple dog.
His days
of play
have flown
away
and the ghost
in his shell
wanders the spaces,
stumbling into
corners,
daring not
to turn
left or right,
his sight
having betrayed
him
and anyway
it feels
safe there
I suppose,
enclosed,
a cocoon
carved from
a large room.
What am I
to do?
He seems to
be through
though I imagine
I see a puppy
in his face,
me, in this
horrid place
of deciding
his fate –
or do I
wait, not knowing
what great pain
there may be
or what tragedy
may strike
like a thief
in the night?
Fourteen years
he has given
his all,
who am I
to forestall his
peaceful passage
and then again,
who am I
to say
he won’t last?
The end comes,
nowhere to run,
I must face
that day
with him,
I cannot
shun
this debt
of love,
even to the
breaking
of
my
heart

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4 replies »

    • Thank you, Iris. I will second guess this decision the rest of my life. The appointment is 1 o’clock on Monday. I could only hope that he will pass in his sleep before then, here, at home. But, I have no say, and the price of having life is to die. This I must accept. Thanks for reading, and for your kind words. Peace . . .

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  1. A few years back, we put an 18-year old Springer Spaniel to sleep. She too got caught in corners. I would carry her everywhere and clean up routinely after her, one day – one hour – at a time, never wanting to say goodbye. Until we did. Even on that last car ride to the vets, I wanted to turn around – to grant the reprieve that I knew was within my power. I am there with you Dragonfire on this one. Peace and love to all of the furry ones that we love. —CC

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    • Yes, I wanted to change my mind, to turn around. But I realized my own selfishness in it, and I had to do what was best for him, not me. Yesterday afternoon was the day we chose. It’s been empty feeling around here since. We still have 2 other dogs, and they provide some comfort. Thanks for reading and for your kind words 🙂 Peace . . .

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