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A Dog and His Boy

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DreamEvil
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0 posted 09-05-99 08:08 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

The story of a dog and his boy,
is the tale I will relate.
Being together brought them much joy,
in a bond God did create.

The boy wanted a dog of his own,
something to love and care for.
Unflinching love he had never known,
from a one he could adore.

Daily the boy searched for the right pup,
soon he became quite bitter.
Finding an ad brought his spirits up,
he got pick of the litter.

Sire and dam were German Shepherd,
fine examples of the breed.
They came to the boy without a word,
knowing just what he did need.

The sire, a guide dog for the blind,
was seemingly unconcerned.
Playing with the pups he did not mind,
the boy's need he had discerned.

The dam was a most excellent bitch,
compassionate and caring.
She leaned on him while he scratched her itch,
and picked the pup most daring.

Proudly the boy brought his new pup home,
knowing they would be best friends.
He loved the pup and would let him roam,
old doubts their friendship transcends.

He taught the pup to fetch and play ball,
the two were seldom apart.
He learned to sit and come to a call,
the pup learned fast from the start.

Over six months they were together,
walking in the woods and rain.
True friendship was their only tether,
separation would bring pain.

Those first six months were wonderful bliss,
then the boy felt a strange urge.
The pup knew that something was amiss,
their thoughts began to diverge.

The boy took to traveling one day,
though the pup was left behind.
For the pup each night the Boy would pray,
he just never left his mind.

For a year or so the boy was gone,
but then returned as a man.
One morning he came home before dawn,
sneaking in was his first plan.

The pup, now a dog, ran to the door,
hackles raised,all teeth and claws.
The dog had quite a surprise in store,
it gave him more than a pause.

The dog's size rocked the man on his heels,
it's back came above his waist.
What the dark hid the light now reveals,
the youth in both was erased.

They acted as if neither had left,
the dog was a pup again.
Though of a year they had been bereft,
they both embraced with a grin.

The dog stood with paws upon shoulders,
looking down in the man's eyes.
The rift that stands between them molders,
into lapping tongues and sighs.

Again they were at each others' side,
for two quite wonderful years.
The past absences were brushed aside,
in a rush of heart-felt tears.

Their bond grew stronger through thick and thin,
acceptance they both did find.
One day the man had to leave again,
still the dog was left behind.

On weekends the man came home to stay,
they were blood brothers you know.
Only the man would the dog obey,
the love between them did grow.

By now you know that dog was mine,
also he had dysplasia.
He developed an arthritic spine,
his vet said euthanasia.

When I was home my dog came alive,
the only time he did so.
To act like a pup my dog did strive,
in spite of me saying, "No."

One night at work I called my mother,
meeting her news with a frown.
Her news was about my blood brother,
seems they went and put him down.

So my mother had lied for three weeks,
about when he was to die.
Bitter tears ran freely down my cheeks,
for I had not said goodbye.


©1999 DreamEvil



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Pain is life, life is short, I will endure.
DreamEvil©


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caroline
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1 posted 09-05-99 08:15 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

And the tears run down my cheeks as well...
this brings back the loss of my own dogs, true friends. I still miss them terribly.

Excellent, Dream, as always.

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The only man worth your tears will never make you cry...
Nan
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2 posted 09-05-99 08:19 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Perhaps writing this poem is your way of saying "good-bye"...Nice job, Dream...
Denise
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3 posted 09-05-99 08:21 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very touching piece, Dream. Very well done.

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Denise
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4 posted 09-05-99 09:22 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

I had a dog that was put to sleep when I was just a child...my family told me he ran away, I was heartbroken when I over heard a conversation with my brothers one night several months later and found out the real truth.

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
WhtDove
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5 posted 09-05-99 09:49 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

This was so sad! It reminds me of my dog, Dusty. He was put down also. I had grown up with him. It is quite a heart breaking experience. Sorry to hear of this! You did a great job describing the relationship between a person and dog. They truly are man's best friend. Women's too!
Tara Simms
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6 posted 09-05-99 10:04 PM       View Profile for Tara Simms   Email Tara Simms   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tara Simms's Home Page   View IP for Tara Simms

Dream, I'm so sorry to hear that. It was a very touching tribute.
Poet deVine
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7 posted 09-05-99 11:40 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Pass the kleenex! Very good poem, DE! You outdid yourself with this one.

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Starith
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8 posted 09-05-99 11:43 PM       View Profile for Starith   Email Starith   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Starith

Ah, now whyed you have to go and write something so sad? You've got me crying now...remembering when my dog died...not quite so peacefully.

It was beautifully written though, a true tribute to your friend and brother.

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We are only truly apperciated after we are no more!

Christopher
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9 posted 09-06-99 01:58 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Wow, DE. I almost cried here. As I was reading it, I found myself thinking of your post about honesty. I thought to myself, that the bond an animal shares with a human is based on honesty, perhaps that's why it's so tragic when they pass on.
Well done brother!
Michael
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10 posted 09-06-99 04:39 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Well, you certainly have mastered the art of tearjerking my friend. This was especially touching I'm sure for anyone who has lost a pet, me included. Thank you.


Michael
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11 posted 09-06-99 05:21 AM       View Profile for ~one voice~   Email ~one voice~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ~one voice~

Dream, this poem made me cry... I have a similar story to share... My "baby," my Casey, was torn from my side as well at the hand of my mother. I had moved in to an apt. temporarily that didn't accept pets, and my mother promised to keep him for me until I found a place to live where I could keep him. One day, I went to visit my mom, and Casey didn't run to the door and bark as usual, so I checked the back-yard to see if he was outside, but he wasn't there either. I asked my mom where he was, and she had given him away. I didn't forgive her for a very long time. I still don't know where he is, nor do I go one day without thinking about him. He was my baby... Sometimes when I see a dog of the same breed, I have to check to see if it's him, but it never is. I love your poem and completely understand the hurt that you feel.

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~onevoice~

"She looked at her life
like lines, never-ending,
constantly forming,
reforming and bending."


~one voice~
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12 posted 09-06-99 05:39 AM       View Profile for ~one voice~   Email ~one voice~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ~one voice~

oops! sorry!

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DreamEvil
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13 posted 09-07-99 06:39 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Seems that I'm stuck in tribute mode. Thank you much since I didn't expect much response to this piece.
WhtDove
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14 posted 09-07-99 02:15 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

This was well written and deserves to back on the top again!
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