Kiska by Michelle Ahrens & Sue Williams / Mom and Shell


I will lend to you for awhile,
a German Shepherd pup, God said,
For you to love her while
she lives and mourn for her when she’s dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
or maybe two or three,
But will you, ’til I call her back,
take care of 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
I want this pup to learn.
I’ve looked the whole world
over in search of teachers true,
And from the folk that crowds lifes land
I have chosen you.
Now will you give her all your love
nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to take
my Shepherd back again.
I fancied that I heard them say
“Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done,”
For all the joy this Shepherd brings,
the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter her with tenderness,
we’ll love her while we may,
And for the happiness we have known,
forever grateful stay.
But should you call her back
much sooner than we’d 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 that we loved,
to help us while we grieve,
When our faithful bundle departs
this world of strife,
We’ll have yet another German Shepherd and
love her all her life.


With All Our Love Forever,
23, Sep 2008
Michelle Ahrens & Sue Williams