One cold night, I heard the scratching at winter´s hoary door,
On opening, I saw you with raised pleading & bleeding paw,
With skinny frame, matted fur & of saddened & doleful eye,
You raised your abandoned little paw; how could I say goodbye?
Lovingly I took you in, cared for you & made you whole once more,
And knew you loved me back, when on my knee you laid your paw,
The vet said you were not a pup, but well advanced in doggie years,
I saw this in your sad old eyes & the grey within your thinning fur.
And whenever my silly tears flowed & I was feeling down & sad,
More than any human hand, your paw offered, to make me glad,
Your paws have played & walked far with me, on & off your lead,
Ever since that night we found each other, in love & lonely need.
But now your weary time on earth has come to a sad & hasty end,
No vet & medicines, no love, no miracle can all your ailments mend,
And as I hold you in my aching arms & watch your slow leaving ebb,
You look deep within my teary eyes as I stoke your noble silky head.
And we both know in our silent tongue, the love we both did share,
A love like this is hard to find, an understanding beautiful & so rare,
We became as one on that night, friends of that thankful snowy hoar,
And now in last farewell, as then, in my hand you place your trusting paw.
© Sue Lobo
Excerpt from the book “Wild Whisperings”
About the Author
Sue Lobo is the author of three books of her experiences in Africa, a poetry book “Africa My Africa” which is poetry reflecting African life in the terrible apartheid era in South Africa & “Lollipops of Dust”, her autobiography, of a child´s view of living in colonial Africa, in the Kalahari desert, with all the magic of what the old Africa had to offer. Her last book “The Last Dance” was published by Creative Talents Unleashed. She has also participated in eleven poetry anthologies with other very talented poets & has won a couple poetry competitions in Gibraltar & Spain. On occasions she has written requested epitaphs and elegies for families of departed souls. She is married to a Spaniard, with two grown up sons & presently lives in Spain. The sale of this latest collection of animal themed poetry called “Wild Whisperings” published by Creative Talents Unleashed will go entirely to Save The Rhino Fund.
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