DF Poems

For the animal shall not be measured by man.  In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.  They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the Earth.

~ Henry Beston


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.  When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.   There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.  There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

 All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigour; those who were hurt and maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.  The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing, that they each miss somebody very special to them, who had to be left behind.  They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.  His bright eyes are intent, his eager body begins to quiver.  Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

 You have been spotted and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.  The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

 Then, together, you and your friend cross the Rainbow Bridge.

 ~ Anon.


For a dog, he was old, it was no great surprise

For the years take us all in the end,

And tomorrow will dawn without obvious change

Bar the loss of a family friend.

So why all the tears and the stinging remorse

That you vainly attempt to control?

Because what he gave lent a rhythm to life

In tune with your body and soul.

He was part of your being, the best of your heart,

The spark in the warmth of a smile,

He fostered the softness you thought you could hide

In his childish but secretive style.

He moulded your manners to match his routine

Yet offered far more than he took,

He adopted your language until, with a glance,

He could read you like reading a book.

And now that it’s over, you mope like a babe

And grope for the words to explain

How something so lacking in human finesse

Could cause such illogical pain.

Yet, did you but know it, you’ve added your name

To a ledger as endless as time

Where the biggest and strongest and bravest of men

Are featured in line after line.

And if any should scoff at the catch in your voice

Or the glint of a tear in your eye,

Regard them with pity and smile on the stars

For the feelings their senses deny.

Be proud to remember as long as you live

That soul-mate who never complained,

He guarded your children, he took you for walks

And only reneged when it rained.

He saw you as perfect, a prince among men,

A hero to love and adore,

And all of these things were the man you became

The minute you walked through the door.

Now  the house is as silent as yesterday’s prayers,

Yet here in the gloom of the day,

With that magical instinct he always possessed,

He’s only a whisper away.                                                     

~ David Prowse



If it should be that I grow frail and weak

And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then you must do what must be done,

For this, the last battle, can’t be won.

You will be sad, I understand,

Don’t let your grief then stay your hand

For this day, more than all the rest,

Your love and friendship stand the test.

We’ve had so many happy years,

What is to come can hold no fears,

You’d not want me to suffer so;

When the time comes, please let me go.

Take me where my needs they’ll tend,

Only, stay with me to the end

And hold me firm and speak to me

Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time that you will see

It is a kindness that you do to me.

Although my tail its last has waved

From pain and suffering I’ve been saved.

Do not grieve it should be you

Who must decide this thing to do

We’ve been so close, we two these years,

Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

….. So I am glad, not that he’s gone,

But that his earth he roamed and lived upon

Was my earth too,

That I had closely known and loved him

And that my love I’d shown.

Tears over his departure?

Nay – a smile

That I had walked with him a little while.

~ Anon.

I shall walk in the Sun alone

whose golden light you loved.

I shall sleep alone and, stirring, touch an empty place.

I shall write uninterrupted.

Would that your gentle paw could stir my moving pen

just once again.

I shall see beauty, but none to match

your living grace.

I shall hear music but  none so sweet as the

droning song with which you loved me.

I shall fill my days but  I shall not, can not, forget.

Sleep soft dear friend,  for while I live

you  shall not die.                                     

~ Michael Joseph


A Pet’s View

 I’m so tired, weak, and in pain

If I had my life all over again

I would live it to the full

But without this pain

I know what is going to happen

And believe me I welcome it

For the needle in my body

Will end this terrible ache

So please, please, do it for my sake.

You know that now I’m gone

Nothing will ever be the same

So please never forget my name

For I will always be near

And you to me were oh so dear

And I will never let that go

God how I loved you so

And when I walk through Heaven’s gate

My family will say “My dear child you’re late”

We waited, and waited for your time

To come, till the setting of the sun

But now the pain is over son,

And now you can run, and run, and run

And I’ll be under God’s love and the sky of blue,

You know that much is true,

For my love that died today in the vets

Will tomorrow come back to you!

~ J.C. Wright


 My Darling Dog, I loved you so –

I did not want to let you go.

When it came to that long last touch,

I wanted you so very much.

I loved your warmth,

I loved your eyes –

I’ve loved you through

a thousand times.

But when it came that we must part,

I did not want to break your heart.

You were not well, that I could see,

but this I did for you, not me.

To be asleep, to not be sad,

for all the happy times we had.

Now I grieve, now I cry,

but for me you’ll never die.

I will love you to the end –

you will always be my friend.

My Darling Dog, I miss you so,

but I had to let you go.

To be happy, without care –

in another world, I’ll meet you there.

But, forever, you will reign,

in my heart, without pain.

My Darling Dog, I loved you so –

I did not want to let you go.

~ Ella Meah



 Thomas was a wayward cat;

He knew no rule or law.

While my other cats would miew to come in,

Thomas would knock the door.

Now he is gone, how I long to hear

The sound that I hear no more,

Which would let me know he was safely home –

That familiar knock on the door.

When my time has come to leave this world,

No lightning flash will I need;

No angel hosts with wings unfurled

And a book of life to read.

Just a faithful and loving feline friend,

Whom I loved and lost before,

To come to me at my journey’s end –

And gently knock my door.

~ Helen Constance

A faithful dog will play with you

and  laugh with you or cry …

He’ll gladly starve to stay with you

Nor ever reason why …

And when you’re feeling out of sorts

Somehow he’ll understand,

He’ll watch you with his shining eyes

And try to lick your hand.

His blind implicit faith in you

Is matched by his great love

The kind that all of us  should have

In the Master up above.

When everything is said  and done

I guess this isn’t odd,

For when you spell dog backwards you

Will get the name of God.

~ Anon.

DOMINO – (2002 – 2011)

Who wrecked the flowers while still in bloom,

Then scattered them around the room –

Until the carpet met its doom?

A naughty cat called Domino.

Who broke the curtain-rail in two,

And clawed the curtains which were new,

Then dropped his toy mouse in the stew?

A naughty cat called Domino.

Who went in search of a mouse or rat,

But caught instead a baby bat,

Then laid it on the kitchen mat:

A naughty cat called Domino.

Who screamed and screamed while at the vets’

And frightened all the other pets,

Then licked his paws with no regrets?

A naughty cat called Domino.

Who broke his mummy’s heart in two

When he disappeared from earthly view,

And left this world for pastures new?

A precious cat called Domino.

Now that he has gone before,

His naughty antics are no more –

Who waits for me on a distant shore?

A much loved cat called Domino.

 ~ Helen Constance


As I stood on top of the hill

Looking longingly down my thoughts,

I felt a tabby touch of faint fur

Caressing my troubled face –

A whisker away from sight,

In another dimension where I may not follow.

I looked round and saw nothing –

Heard nothing, felt nothing,

And I asked the deep question:

Was it you who came back to dry my eyes

Or only a passing breeze?

 ~ Kitty Plant



 I stood beside your bed last night, I came to have a peep,

I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.

I whined to you so softly as you brushed away a tear, “It’s me,

I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,

You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.

I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore,

I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care,

I want to reassure you that I’m not lying there.

I walked with you towards the house as you fumbled for your key.

I gently put my paw on you.  I smiled and said “It’s me.”

You looked so very tired and sank into a chair.

I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there.

It’s possible for me to be so near you every day,

To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.”

You sat there very quietly, then I smiled, I think you knew …

In the stillness of the evening, I was very close to you.

The day is over … I smile and watch you yawning,

And say “Goodnight, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.”

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,

I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side.

I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.

Be patient.  Live your journey out … then come home to be with me.

~ Anon.


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