by Gayl Jokiel
Because you will not be forever
Hope against time though I may
I paint your picture in my memory
Eyes blue with age, muzzle gone gray.
Because you walked with me in Springtime
Puppy-clumsy, running free
As you grew, we grew together
You became a part of me.
Because you shared with me my sorrows
Not understanding – simply there
Often spurring me to laughter
My friend, you know how much I care.
Because the years have slowed your fleetness
Though your spirit still is strong
I promise I will take more time now
So that you can go along.
Because you do not fear the future
Living only in the now
I draw strength from your example
Yet time keeps slipping by somehow.
Because the day will soon be coming
When I will no longer see
You rise to greet me – but in memory
You will always walk with me.