Poem for Dudley

[SIZE=3]So my old Basset of 16 years was laid to rest and I wrote this poem more to comfort me than anything else. By writing it helped me “cry it out” and expel the pain of losing him while remembering all the good times we had and what a great companion he was to me. Anyway figured I’d share.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][I]Now I lay me down to sleep[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]The tears from flowing I cannot keep.[/I][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][I]Sorrow fills a barren space[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]As I close my eyes and see your face.[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]I’ve lost my Dudley, my best friend[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]But he was spirited until the end.[/I][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][I]Hanging close while I cut the grass[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]Yet slow to move for the mower’s pass.[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]Garden watering and coffee with my guy;[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]A summer tradition as my buddy lay nearby.[/I][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][I]It was just a week ago, so it’s difficult to believe[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]That you’ve been struck so quickly by this disease.[/I][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][I]With droopy eyes, crooked feet, and long ears[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]You’ve anxiously greeted me throughout the years.[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]Now memories they are that I’ll hold dear[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]For within my heart you are forever near.[/I][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][I]Doc Herzog being a compassionate man[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]Gave us the bad news as best anyone can.[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]Your liver has failed you my dear old boy[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]Only memories will remain to bring us joy.[/I][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][I]As I lay you in my lap that final night[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]In the grass in the sun where you found such delight.[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]I stroked your head of gray and ears so long[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]And told you of my love so strong.[/I][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][I]We were there until the end; I kissed you lightly,[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]Said goodbye, and hugged you tightly.[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]I know that you went quietly into a big sleep[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]Of that I remind myself as I start to weep.[/I][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][I]As weeks go by so will signs that you were here;[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]Water bowls gone and little tufts of shed hair.[/I][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][I]Time will pass quickly since you were last alive[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]So we planted a flower that’ll continue thrive.[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]Fond memories will stir of good ole times I assume[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]For years from now it will continue to bloom.[/I][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][I]I keep expecting to see you ‘round every corner[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]The bathmat, the stairway, the hallway runner.[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]There’s more room on the couch now at dinner time[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]And you’re not there in the morn for the alarm clock chime.[/I][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][I]Yes, time had come to say goodbye[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]But in my heart you will never die.[/I][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][I]For a funny memory replays within my mind[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]You’re running fast through the grass from behind.[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]With tongue swinging low in the heat of the day[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]And your long floppy ears bounce and sway.[/I][/SIZE]

[SIZE=3][I]Searching to find me wherever I am[/I][/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][I]You make me laugh out loud. You are such a ham.[/I][/SIZE]

That’s a beautiful poem; I’m so sorry for the loss of your buddy. :pout:

Awww that poem made me wanna cry :pout: I am so sorry about Dudley! :hug: I bet he had a good life, and a long one too. Just be glad that you got the chance to be his friend.

Aw- so sorry- we have 2 bassets- (had 3 til last year) and they are the sweetest pals ever. Good for you for writing about it. Dudley will never be forgotton, and is up there in pet heaven waiting for you! hugs

What a sweet poem. I’m sorry about Dudley. :pout: