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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Yellow Fur: a dog poem by Sheila Martindale

Yellow Fur

for Charlie

I emptied the vacuum cleaner today
and wept
over the yellow fur
shed before you left
for that place in doggie heaven
reserved for good and faithful friends

And as my tears fell
I remembered the day I found you
limp and unloved
your muscles wasted
your eyes deep pools of sadness

And of the joy you brought me
as you gained your health and strength
and how for years we ran and played
and how your damp muzzle
caressed my knees and toes
and how I buried my face
in your warm yellow fur
the last remnants of which
I remove from the filter now

Sheila Martindale

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