On Facebook the other day I found this sad but beautiful poem. It is from a dog to its master but could come from any beloved pet. I wondered should I share it with you and then thought yes, I will as there are many animal lovers who read this blog and I am hoping they will appreciate what it says. We've all had to say goodbye to furever friends at one time or another. Unfortunately they are not with us forever as the majority of us outlive them. (The author is unknown but whoever wrote this understand the love we have for our pets).
IF IT SHOULD BE THAT I GROW WEAK
AND PAIN SHOULD KEEP ME FROM MY SLEEP;
THEN YOU MUST DO WHAT MUST BE DONE
FOR THIS LAST BATTLE CAN'T BE WON.
YOU WILL BE SAD, I UNDERSTAND,
DON'T LET THAT GRIEF THEN STAY YOUR HAND;
FOR THIS DAY MORE THAN ALL THE REST
YOUR LOVE FOR ME MUST STAND THE TEST.
WE'VE HAD SO MANY HAPPY YEARS
WHAT'S TO COME CAN HOLD NO FEARS;
YOU DON'T WANT ME TO SUFFER SO
THE TIME HAS COME, PLEASE LET ME GO.
TAKE ME WHERE MY NEEDS THEY'LL TEND
BUT PLEASE STAY WITH ME 'TIL THE END;
TO HOLD ME CLOSE AND SPEAK TO ME
UNTIL MY EYES NO LONGER SEE.
I KNOW IN TIME YOU WILL AGREE
IT WAS A KINDNESS DONE FOR ME;
ALTHOUGH MY TAIL NO LONGER WAGS
FROM PAIN AND SUFFERING I'M SAVED.
PLEASE DO NOT GRIEVE THAT IT WAS YOU
WHO HAD THIS PAINFUL THING TO DO;
WE'VE BEEN SO CLOSE, WE TWO, THESE YEARS,
DON'T LET YOUR HEART HOLD ANY TEARS.