For nearly fourteen years now ... you've been the other man in my life,
You've comforted and loved me, made me smile, eased my strife.
My constant companion, my sweet "Tuna Man"...
you stayed with me always, even as others ran.
All the simple pleasures, together we have found,
the hours you spent on my lap, purring , sleeping sound.
Laying on my feet or beside me on my pillow each night,
our favorite ritual, sharing a sunbeam in the afternoon, while I read or write.
Sweet memories of the treasured times we've spent ...
looking back now, I don't know where all the years have went.
Growing up along side the kids ... how they adore you ...
now they too realize...its almost time,
letting you go will not be easy for them to do.
You are the one true soul who has ever loved me unconditionally ...
and now the time has come for me to give back ... what you gave me.
Like time, you are passing on quietly ... right before my eyes,
and when you go ... a little piece of me too, tearfully dies.
The vet says your not in pain, yet in a slow decline,
but now as you look up at me ... your eyes speak and define.
For the moment you hold on and ask for a little more time,
and I wish to express my love in this simple rhyme.
I want to thank you while there is still light,
and we all hold you close, hoping for one more night.
I see in your kind green eyes, your suns are setting slow...
I love you my little gray man ... but its time to let you go.
For Casper, my sweet tuna man.
thank you for sharing your sunbeams with me.