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Discussion in 'Rainbow Bridge' started by trigger, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. trigger

    trigger PetForums Junior

    Jan 25, 2009
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    Thomas Hardy - Last Words To A Dumb Friend

    Pet was never mourned as you,
    Purrer of the spotless hue,
    Plumy tail, and wistful gaze
    While you humoured our queer ways,
    Or outshrilled your morning call
    Up the stairs and through the hall--
    Foot suspended in its fall--
    While, expectant, you would stand
    Arched, to meet the stroking hand;
    Till your way you chose to wend
    Yonder, to your tragic end.

    Never another pet for me!
    Let your place all vacant be;
    Better blankness day by day
    Than companion torn away.
    Better bid his memory fade,
    Better blot each mark he made,
    Selfishly escape distress
    By contrived forgetfulness,
    Than preserve his prints to make
    Every morn and eve an ache.

    From the chair whereon he sat
    Sweep his fur, nor wince thereat;
    Rake his little pathways out
    Mid the bushes roundabout;
    Smooth away his talons' mark
    From the claw-worn pine-tree bark,
    Where he climbed as dusk embrowned,
    Waiting us who loitered round.

    Strange it is this speechless thing,
    Subject to our mastering,
    Subject for his life and food
    To our gift, and time, and mood;
    Timid pensioner of us Powers,
    His existence ruled by ours,
    Should - by crossing at a breath
    Into safe and shielded death,
    By the merely taking hence
    Of his insignificance--
    Loom as largened to the sense,
    Shape as part, above man's will,
    Of the Imperturbable.

    As a prisoner, flight debarred,
    Exercising in a yard,
    Still retain I, troubled, shaken,
    Mean estate, by him forsaken;
    And this home, which scarcely took
    Impress from his little look,
    By his faring to the Dim
    Grows all eloquent of him.

    Housemate, I can think you still
    Bounding to the window-sill,
    Over which I vaguely see
    Your small mound beneath the tree,
    Showing in the autumn shade
    That you moulder where you played.
  2. pugsley Adams

    pugsley Adams Banned

    Dec 30, 2008
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    Well done, very nice!:thumbup::D


    Beautiful poem. ;) :D
  4. Vixie

    Vixie PetForums VIP

    Nov 17, 2007
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    lovely poem,

    the thread is now a sticky :)


    Morning Vixie...great to see it's a sticky now :thumbup:
  6. Pollyanna580

    Pollyanna580 PetForums Junior

    Mar 4, 2009
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    Lovley words, really nice poem.
  7. normy

    normy PetForums Newbie

    Apr 4, 2009
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    A poem about Bruce, a Guide Dog puppy I walked for his first year in 1999.

    First time puppy walker

    She brought the Andrex puppy to our door,
    A Guide dog collar round his neck he wore,
    Only six weeks old, and full of chewing life,
    Which, very soon, caused a little family strife!

    The needle-sharp teeth of Bruce were a curse,
    But others told us it could have been worse,
    He chewed up pieces of plastic and wood,
    But with the furniture he was very good!

    I trained him on lead the following year,
    Had to coax him along, when he sat on his rear,
    Then he started to pull me, full of his daring,
    On the arm muscles, it was very wearing!
    But with commands, gentle tugs, the lead kept slack,
    In time the puppy learned to to keep well back.

    "Busy!" the important word of command,
    To do his business only on my land,
    Not in public, which would be a disaster,
    When Bruce teams up with his new, blind master.

    Whistle before feed-time, and do it right,
    Bruce is drawn by his appetite,
    He always comes back when his whistle you blow,
    Wherever you are, wherever you go.

    More basic training till the the year is up,
    Time to go back, he's no longer a pup,
    It's not like having a human son,
    This dog will be happy with anyone!
    ( Or so I hope!) - but it's a sad day,
    The supervisor comes, from the GDBA.

    Would you like to walk a puppy, too?
    Friends can be made, but if you ever do,
    He has his pathway, has to go,
    We'll meet again, across the Rainbow.
  8. borderterriers

    borderterriers PetForums Newbie

    Jul 3, 2009
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    Lovely Poems.

    I love writing poems. This is my tribute to my late staffie Bruno. We unwittingly bought him from what used to be mayfield kennels, now known as dogs4us and suspect he came from a puppy farm due to him being very skinny when we got him and he didn't know how to play. We had 11 wonderful years with him.

    There's an empty place beside me where my best friend used to lie.
    But now he's running freely above the bright blue sky.
    His legs no longer bother him arthritis pain is gone.
    He can run just like a puppy,
    but I feel so alone.

    I miss you Bruno my best mate, I miss your funny ways.
    The way you peeped under the gate,
    long walks on sunny days.

    I miss your lovely staffie smile, your toys around the floor.
    I miss your little waggy tail when I come through the door.
    But I know that you're at peace now no more pain to bother you.
    and I've lots of happy memories that I know will see me through.

    I lost Bruno 2 1/2 yrs ago and I still miss him.

    RIP Bruno.
  9. faith

    faith PetForums Newbie

    Jul 24, 2009
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    theyre all lovely poems.. i love writing poems too... ill share some of my own soon :) im not as good as you lot though
  10. CavGirl

    CavGirl PetForums Junior

    Nov 15, 2009
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    Fantastic beautiful words!

    Id like to share my own poem in scots about my late cav sasha! If anyone would like translation feel free to ask! :D Hope you enjoy!

    Ma Bonnie Cavalier

    She’s ilka sma an awfi cheeky
    Wi a coat o black spun silk
    She’s awfi pretty
    Wi her dangly lugs in aw their beauty
    Have not heard in these past six at least
    However still the bonniest lass at least
    Nout but a bairn was I the day i sought ye
    Twas a day as a bairn i’d longed for sairly
    I treated ye kind and awfi fairly
    Proud was i tae ca’ ye my ain
    Tell me wee un dae ya tak as much happiness
    As we took frae ye?

    No other beastie could claim thou gave as much
    Tae its master as this proud wee lass gave.
    Ya liked yer grub as ony un could see
    The mair the merrier was the sentiment
    Wen just a pup ye’d tak place and protect our hame
    Wi awe the energy ye could muster
    Cat’s an the like stood nae a chance
    Wi yer whippet skill an speed

    An fae yer presence ye taught me kindness
    Ye were ma responsibilty
    Ye took me exploring an on adventures
    I doubt i may have dared withoot ye
    An in ma darkness ye’ll always be a little flickering light
    So ma friend it comes tae pass
    An ye are no longer
    But i’ll never forget yer calmness and yer teachings
    Frae a lass tae special tae be forgotten
  11. Dirky47

    Dirky47 Banned

    Oct 20, 2009
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    Did you wrote it? It's damn great! Very inspiring. It reminds me of something.
  12. CavGirl

    CavGirl PetForums Junior

    Nov 15, 2009
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    Cheers Dirky47 thanx yeh i did! I write all the time just daft stuff usually but after she passed she really inspired me and stuff just flooded out of my mind to my laptop!
    The last line is actually printed on her headstone!
  13. rob158

    rob158 PetForums VIP

    Nov 7, 2009
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    verry good, well done:smile5:

  14. Lucysmom

    Lucysmom PetForums Member

    Feb 13, 2009
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    Lovely poems all. wish I could write that well


    Rachel and the gang!
  15. metame

    metame PetForums VIP

    Sep 25, 2009
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    just wanted to share the poem that was in the card the vets sent me after coale got put to sleep. think i can finally type it without crying now! It's a reminder that, sometimes you have to make that sometimes you just have to make that hard descision as it really is in the best interest of your best friend.

    '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 cannot be won.

    You will be sad; I understand
    don't let 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 is to come can hold no fears,
    you'd not me to suffer do,
    the time has come to let me go.

    Take me to where my needs they'll tend,
    and please stay with me to the end,
    hold me firm, and speak to me,
    until my eyes no longer see.

    Please do not grieve it must be you,
    who had this painful thing to do,
    we've been so close, we two these years,
    don't let your heart hold back the tears.'
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  16. Bostjan

    Bostjan PetForums Newbie

    May 9, 2010
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  17. myzoo

    myzoo PetForums Senior

    Jan 13, 2010
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    a poem for my momo

    my momo eyes so bright like a shining light
    now its time to say good night
    follow the light ever so bright
    you was there last night
    i love you momo with all my might
    you were a pretty mite
    my girl there every night to say hello
    you are my shining light
    follow the path to the shining light
    at the end you will find your sight
    a lovely place out of sight that only you can see
    go and let be
    dont wait for me
    you will see at the end a nice place to be
    go and be at peace my heart will follow you and always be there to guide you go now my freind its time to be at rest
    i did my best and you gave me your best now its time to rest go find your nest in the sky
    good bye my momo i will always love you this is written with all my heart and tears in my eyes my animals are my life i love you. now go and wait for me ill be with you again someday i promise i will never forget you my girl momo such a sweetie rest in peace xxxx
    #17 myzoo, Jul 6, 2010
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2010
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  18. Trinity_Shadow

    Trinity_Shadow PetForums Junior

    Dec 11, 2010
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    I found this shortly after we lost Bowie, it helped me put her death into a better place in my mind:

    I will lend to you for a while a kitten,
    God said. For you to love while she lives,
    and mourn when she's dead.

    Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
    Or Maybe two or three.
    But will you, till I call her back,
    Take care for her for me?

    She´ll bring her charms to gladden you
    And should her stay be brief,
    You´ll always have her memories
    As solace for your grief.

    I cannot promise she will stay,
    Since all from earth return,
    But there are lessons taught below
    This kitten is to learn.

    I´ve looked the whole world over
    In search of teachers true,
    And from all the folk that crowds life´s land
    I have chosen you.

    Now will you give her all your love,
    Not think the labor vain?
    Nor hate me when I come to take
    My kitten home again?

    And my heart replied,
    "My Lord, Thy Will Be Done."
    For all the joys this kitten brings,
    The risk of grief I´ll run.

    We´ll shelter her with tenderness,
    We´ll love her while we may,
    And for the happiness we´ve known,
    Forever grateful stay.

    But should you call her back
    Much sooner than we planned,
    We´ll brave the bitter grief that comes,
    And try to understand.

    If by our love we´ve managed
    Your wishes to achieve,
    In memory of her sweet love,
    Please help us while we grieve.

    When our cherished kitten
    Departs this world of strife,
    Please send another needing soul
    To love for all her life.
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  19. sheryl42

    sheryl42 PetForums Junior

    Feb 18, 2011
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    Thes are so very nice x
  20. thedeans

    thedeans PetForums Senior

    Apr 8, 2009
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    When God had made the earth and sky,
    the flowers and the trees,
    He then made all the animals
    the fish, the birds and bees
    And when at last He'd finished
    not one was quite the same.
    He said I'll walk this world of mine
    and give each one a name.
    And so He travelled far and wide
    and everywhere He went,
    a little creature followed Him
    until its strength was spent.
    When all were named upon the earth
    and in the Sky and Sea,
    the little creature said "Dear Lord,
    there's no name left for me."
    Kindly the Father said to him
    "I've left you to the end.
    I've turned my own name back to front
    And called you DOG, my friend".
    Lolapagola likes this.
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