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I have not Let Him Go

by James Zealy

He died in my arms
I have not let him go

He is in my minds eye
running wild and free

Chasing a sable wild child
From fence to fence

White as snow, tail flattened
Smiling face as he lopes
With a thoroughbred’s stride

He lived to run
Even on three legs

He lived to run
damaged discs dragging legs behind

Fearless and proud
Empathetic intelligent

He was my wife’s protector
And life Saving companion

He was special and different
No one can explain why

I miss him every day
Running with joy
Black eyes wide

04/13/2020

Author's Note: My white Pekingese died in October, I have not let him go

Posted on 04/13/2020
Copyright © 2020 James Zealy

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Linda Fuller on 04/13/20 at 09:57 PM

A beautiful tribute, James. We never entirely let our beloved animals go.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 04/15/20 at 02:50 AM

You have brought him to life in this piece and I can clearly see him running through life, feel our love for him. Very moving.

Posted by Rob Littler on 04/23/20 at 09:34 AM

Love is not qualifiable
So loss is profoundly universal
And universally profound
Because animals are people too.

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