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4862In Memory of My Best Friend Who Died One Year Agl

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  • cohensmilk1
    Dec 22, 2013

      Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh!" he whispered.
      "Yes, Piglet?"  "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw.
      "I just wanted to be sure of you."
      - A.A. Milne

      *     *     *     *

      My little dog died on this day one year ago. Her cremated
      remains sit in an urn, waiting for my own ashes so that we
      be merged and then spread upon a special place. This poem
      offers comfort to any human who has lost the companionship
      of his or her non-human best friend.

      The House Dog’s Grave
      Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962)

      "I've changed my ways a little; I cannot now
      Run with you in the evenings along the shore,
      Except in a kind of dream; and you,
      If you dream a moment,
      You see me there.

      "So leave awhile the paw-marks on the front door
      Where I used to scratch to go out or in,
      And you'd soon open; leave on the kitchen floor
      The marks of my drinking-pan.

      "I cannot lie by your fire as I used to do
      On the warm stone,
      Nor at the foot of your bed; no,
      All the nights through
      I lie alone.

      "But your kind thought has laid me less than six feet
      Outside your window where firelight so often plays,
      And where you sit to read–
      And I fear often grieving for me–
      Every night your lamplight lies on my place.

      "You, man and woman, live so long, it is hard
      To think of you ever dying.
      A little dog would get tired, living so long.
      I hope that when you are lying
      Under the ground like me your lives will appear
      As good and joyful as mine.
      No, dears, that's too much hope:
      You are not so well cared for as I have been.
      And never have known the passionate undivided
      Fidelities that I knew.
      Your minds are perhaps too active, too many-sided...
      But to me you were true.

      "You were never masters, but friends. I was your friend.
      I loved you well, and was loved. Deep love endures
      To the end and far past the end. If this is my end,
      I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours."

      *     *     *     *

      "What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies."
      - Aristotle

      Robert Cohen