Shawn L. Bird

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poem-first mourning February 13, 2016

Filed under: Poetry,poodles — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:58 am
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And so I wake on the first morning

without my heart dog.

No thumping tail to greet me

No clicking nails tattooing down the hall.

No urgent woof encouraging me

No stinky kisses

to comfort me aching.

No rolling for a belly rub

with contended sighs and eyes blinking

nonchalantly, as if you were surprised

to find my hand caressing you.

No need to put my purse up high,

or guard food on the counters.

No rattling as you did dishwasher pre-wash.


Only bits of fluff, still hiding in corners

after your last hair cut,

a hundred photos,

and a million memories of a sweet-tempered,

loving heart that beat with mine.




Oh, how I miss my boy today.



26 Responses to “poem-first mourning”

  1. You’ve had a difficult year, but the way you have embraced it through your poetry is both remarkable and inspiring. Thank you.

  2. Melody J Haislip Says:

    I’m So sorry.

  3. petescribes Says:

    Clicking nails on a kitchen floor and a friendly wagging tail. Thanks for stirring similar memories for me.

  4. mpmckibbon Says:

    I am sorry you have lost a furry family member. It sure hurts. I have lost many over the years and I remember each one with longing fondness.

    • I’m pretty sure I’d rather spend heaven at the Rainbow Bridge throwing balls than playing the harp. (Though I do like playing the harp, there won’t be any novelty in it). πŸ˜‰

      • mpmckibbon Says:

        Heaven wouldn’t be heaven if we were bored. I am sure animals will be a part of it and there will be lots to do with them. I wish I could play the harp…or any instrument for that matter.

      • Take up an instrument! It’s fantastic for adult brain development to learn a new instrument!

        Harps are a good one to start with- they sound lovely even played by rank beginners. πŸ™‚ So much nicer than violin or trumpet! (Been there. Done that. Same kid!) You can often rent harps at your local music store (I can’t tell where you live, or I’d give you a recommendation). I started with the Teach Yourself to Play the Harp book by Sylvia Woods (a classic!) and a rental harp. After 3 months I found a used harp for my daughter. When she complained I was playing her harp too much, I bought a new one for myself. She stopped playing, and now I have two harps. πŸ™‚

        Bonus- when you’re wrapped around a harp, the sound waves do funky things for your cells (they align in interesting ways). It’s proven to be extremely healthy for you!

      • mpmckibbon Says:

        Thank you for the encouragement. I think I may try it.

  5. Nancy J Says:

    How poignant. A beautifully written heartwrenching tribute for your beloved pet. We lost our precious cat who I inherited from my mother after she passed. It broke my heart. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Sweet sadness. There is no friend like a dog friend.

  7. Isabel Says:

    My deepest sadness for your pain. It’s so very awful no matter the circumstance. Beautiful poem that speaks to how I feel too about my lost furry girl.

  8. ladyhawk87 Says:

    I know how much it sucks to lose a pet. Very well written. Look forward to exploring your blog more in the coming days!

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