All Things Bright and Beautiful – poem

bird branch robin

bird branch

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings.
He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell,
how great is God Almighty, who has made all things well.

Cecil Frances Alexander

Puppy Paws – poem

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puppy paws

Fifteen years of puppy paws moved outside today.
Inside my heart is breaking,
the Light of my Life – Missy, has gone away.

I held her head, kissed her blurry eyes, and said “I Love You, Girl”
With gentle hands and heavy heart, I released her soul to God,
crying for her spirit to be free.
Never dreamed it would hurt so much,
Guess I wasn’t thinking much of Me.

But she must be missing something,
she left her paws upon my heart.
Kind reminders of the time we had together,
I never wanted her to be the first to part.

They tug as fiercely as the shoestrings she once played with;
the tug of wars together, the one’s I let her win.
The “tennies”, the toys, all the things she loved speak about her passing
and I fall apart again.

Those little puppy “grunts” and kisses seem so far away.
I cry: “What was I thinking?
I said it’d be OK.”

I said; “I’ll be alright without you, If you really have to go.
No need for you to fret or worry,
we had our chance to love each other so.”

Our final road together remains yet to be seen.
Puppy paws can be so gentle,
the pain they leave in passing, so mean.

“I’ll hold them safely in my heart”, I tell Her;
“but I’ll let them run at will.
When we cross the Bridge together,
I know they will be still.”

Michelle N. Lightner

Don’t Grieve Too Long – poem

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man dog tree

Don’t grieve too long for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God set for me
I ran to Him when I heard His call,
I wagged my tail and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To bark, to love, to romp or play
Games left unplayed must stay that way.
I found such peace it made my day.

My parting has left you with a void,
So fill it with your remembered joy
A friendship shared, your laugh, a kiss;
Oh, yes, these things I too shall miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life’s been full, you’ve given so much
Your time, your love and gentle touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart and share with me.
God wanted me now, He set me free.

Author unknown