by Jerry / Anonymous

It is now that time to reflect
And pay tribute and give respect
To be blessed with the love so pure
That nothing could come between us, that’s for sure
Not sure I deserved her devotion and trust
Seemed so boundless to be just.

It’s been 10 years since brought home that gift of joy
many good times and a few bad that I hesitate to recall
now as I sit here and deal with my pain
I wonder if it was worth it or am I going insane
So I will write a few lines to pay honor to my best friend
who sits by my side while my heart begins to mend.

I can recall many times she comforted me
made me laugh and lifted my spirits with a wagging tail for me to see
to bring joy in simply taking a walk
the communication was total even though she couldn’t talk
and the fun we had when we rode together in the truck
she would sit there and look at people who seemed so struck.

Good times down at the bay
When she would race along the beach and jump waves like bales of hay
Or when Zoie would pull a frog from the lake
Maddie would jump for joy and her whole body would shake
Or when would take her to the park
She loved to snoop and run as if on a lark.

O, I am going to miss those days
But mostly I am going to miss just knowing where she stays
I know that the comfort of her company is gone
and not sure how I can cope without having her along
but a poem I have I read aloud
gives me some relief and peace as if covered by a shroud.

‘Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on the snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn’s rain
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die……’.

So long Maddie and I will see you at the bridge