Sunday, February 21, 2016

Dear Girl

the bowls are stored away--
i couldn't bear to see them empty.

your leash turned up in my purse today
at work and made me cry.

i gave your extra chews and treats--so many of them--
to your adored big human brother, for his babies.

i have cleaned up the blood from your illness
from my floors because seeing it made me question God.

but your toys are still everywhere--your donkey, your raccoon, your lamb--
to remind me of joy; that exotic thing as common as kibble to you, dear girl.
______

for the sunday mini-challenge.

 

21 comments:

Blogoratti said...

Sad and solemn piece, a remembrance of what used to be, a distant past but yet with vivid emotions.

TexWisGirl said...

you tear my heart.

Sioux said...

It's amazing (and so tragic) that even months from now, something will make you think of Skittles (some thought like, "Skittles loves this weather, and will love walking in the park this afternoon,") until you realize--too late--that Skittles is gone.

I am so sorry you lost Skittles after such a short time together. But I have to believe that even if there is a god that took Skittles too early, there is also a god that has a marvelous after-life for dogs...

... because dogs are pure love.

Carol Campbell said...

I have lost animals and it is a very real grief! You have written of it so well.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Now you have brought tears to my eyes! The juxtaposition of the last two lines just killed me. I am so sorry, Shay. She was taken too soon.

Cloudia said...

SO SORRY. FEELING with YOU <3

Outlawyer said...

So sad. Wonderful close of poem, such a sad close for poor skittles. Take care, k.

Helen said...

Sighs and more sighs ~~ deep.

brudberg said...

A loss like yours is heartbreaking. Childhood memories of pets dying has kept (and will probably keep me) from getting any attachments like this... but it's always saddest when they leave so early... after 40 years I still cry when I remember our cat Moses who was hit by a car... I'm so sorry for you

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh this made me cry. Her stuffed animals, to remind you of joy. Just heartbreaking, Shay. She was a totally joyous little being, wasn't she?

angieinspired said...

I remember crying over picking up last poops. I hope your heart mends and keeps that treasure trove of good memories. So sorry for your loss:(

Other Mary said...

I'm so sorry Shay. xx

Em said...

Even in such unbearable pain, you can still manage this.
The last two stanzas are especially powerful.
I'm so sorry for your terrible heartbreak.
May joy, "that exotic thing," be lavished upon you,
dear girl.

Lynn said...

Oh Shay - so sad.

C.C. said...

That last line is killer...absolutely gut-wrenching!

Mama Zen said...

I was hesitant to even read this, because I figured it would make me cry. I was right.

Bekkie Sanchez said...

So sad. I am sorry for your loss nothing is worse than losing a beloved pet.

De said...

This made me cry. I'm so sorry for your loss.
A beautiful, beautiful tribute. They truly are one of a kind.

Margaret said...

I didn't want to read it as soon as I saw the title... I did - three times. The whole thing so tender - but that last line.... powerful. She had the best.

grapeling said...

i'm so sorry ~

Ella said...

Shay, this is so tragic! I am sooo sad~