Remember Me at Night

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  1. CreatureTeacher

    CreatureTeacher New Member

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    Remember Me at Night

    You walked by every day.
    I wagged when I knew you’d come.
    I could smell when the time was right,
    then you’d be in sight; my morning time chum.

    After a week, you couldn’t resist
    and you came over and patted my head.
    From that day on I came to rely
    on the kindness of strangers for my heart to be fed.

    I sat by myself just waiting for one
    moment to fill up my day.
    I barely felt the chain around my neck
    except when you were away.

    We were fast friends, enjoying a chat
    in the mornings when you stopped by.
    You brought me food and talked to me,
    told me I was a good guy.

    Some days you were distant, and watched the house
    behind the tree to which I was tied.
    You wondered aloud about who lived there.
    Who, besides you, would notice if I died?

    These times where when you’d climb the front stair
    and knock purposefully and ring at the bell.
    You’d call and you’d holler, “If anyone’s in
    your dog needs some water! He doesn’t look well!”

    But no one would come, though I knew they were home,
    those people that lived there inside.
    So you brought me water and brought me a ball
    and talked to me and fed me and petted my hide.

    Very late one night as I napped under my tree
    up drove a van to the walk.
    It opened up and I saw you hop out
    and you seemed in a hurry, too much to talk.

    “You’ve come to visit!” I wagged and wagged.
    Four people were shuffling about.
    You were all talking in whispers, so I didn’t bark.
    And then they brought the bolt cutters out.

    I was a little afraid, but I knew you were there.
    So I didn’t make even a peep.
    I watched you all cut the chain from the tree
    while the house in the dark continued to sleep.

    “Go for a ride?” You asked with a grin.
    And I could hardly believe my ears.
    I hopped right inside, found a soft floor.
    You climbed in behind me, your eyes full of tears.

    “From now on it’s all different,”
    you told me with love.
    “We’re leaving here now for a whole new life.”
    I knew you were my angel, sent from above.

    We drove through the night
    to a new house in the dark.
    A new person inside, you called her “Doc”
    I knew that I still shouldn’t bark.

    She looked at the chain in her jammies
    and told you it wasn’t so bad.
    The chain was embedded in my sore neck.
    She said as she worked, “This makes me so mad.”

    I barely had time to give out a yelp
    before the chain was out on the floor.
    You threw it away with a sour look
    and told me I’d see it no more.

    Then we were off again
    to another new place
    that smelled just like you, on the walls
    were pictures that had your face.

    “You’re safe here tonight,” you said,
    “there’s a bed in the room.
    “Sleep with us if you like,
    “but first we should groom.”

    Then came warm water
    and soap and a brush,
    and the mud washed away
    and down into mush.

    “You’re a white dog!” you said,
    and you sounded so shocked.
    Of course I’m a white dog, I thought.
    And I’m even curly-locked!

    We slept all that night, straight into the day.
    I kept waking up to be sure you were there.
    And then you woke up, stretched and yawned
    and brought me outside and down the front stair.

    “We’re going for a trip today,” you said.
    “It’ll be long and tiring and dull.
    “But I won’t mind too much, and neither should you.
    “Someone’s waiting for you to make their lives full.

    “There are people out there who want you to live
    “and they’re sweet and they love and they share.
    “Over the mountains and down the other side
    “they’re waiting to show you they care.”

    It was long and tiring but the French fries were good.
    And you sang songs and talked away as we drove.
    We chased the sun up and down the Rockies
    and you smiled and hummed and I dozed.

    You woke me when we got there,
    a new home in the dark.
    I could tell you were sad as you rang the bell
    and this time I hazarded a bark.

    You looked down at me and smiled.
    There were big tears in your eyes.
    “Honey,” you said, “watch this.”
    The sun started to rise.

    You got down on your knees there on the porch.
    I could hear movement in the house.
    You hugged me tight and kissed my head
    and told me this, quiet as a mouse:

    “Your life is now yours
    “from this very day on.
    “You will play every day,
    “but I will be gone.

    “Remember me at night
    “when you sleep in your bed.
    “And think of me often
    “but don’t worry your head.

    “I’m with you always
    “to keep the darkness at bay.
    “We’ve shared an adventure.
    “Your new life starts with this day.”

    Then the door opened wide
    and my new life took flight.
    I run every day
    and I play and I play
    and my muzzle turns gray
    But when in darkness I lay,
    I remember you always at night.
     
  2. necterine0

    necterine0 New Member

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    I need a box of tishue..sitting here wiping my tears on my night gown. Sad tears then happy tears.....Love a good ending.
     
  3. bubbatd

    bubbatd Moderator

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    Snifff>>>>>
     
  4. Barb04

    Barb04 Love my pets Staff Member

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    Can't stop crying..............
     
  5. Vickih

    Vickih New Member

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    Thats beautiful...tears here too [​IMG]
     
  6. poeluvr

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    that was such a beautiful poem..i love how you eneded it. That is seriously my favorite poem of all time. i don't cry but this makes my eyes run!!!
    im gonna read that again and again
     
  7. gapeach

    gapeach Big Mutts

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    OMG, CT that was so wonderful!!
     
  8. Babyblue5290

    Babyblue5290 Happy Meal. Yum.

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    I guess I shouldn't have read this in the library....people look a little worried about me sitting here with tears in my eyes. What a beautiful poem.
     
  9. Martine

    Martine Trained by an Airedale

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    That was so beautiful - I can only just see to type! Thank You!!
     
  10. Gustav

    Gustav Don't encourage me..

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    I'm sure you guys are going to turn me into an emotional wreck one of these days!! Can't stop crying!! Thanks for sharing!! :D
     
  11. EliNHunter

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    Tears, tears, tears... but bittersweet happy ones! <<sniff sniff>> As I'm involved in rescue and that's EXACTLY how it goes so many times... I love happy endings.
     

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