Treasure Island

Alison Cassidy

(6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

A Peaceful Death - kedvelt kutya


They found you
at the shelter -
skin and bone.
A beautiful Vizla,
pedigree pure
and aching
for love.

They called you Max.

Always a follower
(Nicholas took all the bones)
your rubbery mouth
would crumple
as you lay -
all legs and love -
on the couch.

When Nicholas died
you were lost.
Then Sam arrived
and gave you permission
to follow
again.

They removed
the tumour a few years ago
(a third of your body weight)
and the very next day
you were down at the park,
burnished coat gleaming,
bursting with life.

Today they took you
to the vet
for the last time.
You were seventeen years old.

Submitted: Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Edited: Saturday, May 31, 2008

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  • Juniper March (10/12/2009 2:22:00 PM)

    This one made me misty-eyed. Once again, the characters are alive and jump out at you, holding on to you as your read. (Report) Reply

  • Bonnie Collins (2/18/2008 10:52:00 PM)

    What a beautifull tribute to one of gods creatures... Loving animals is one of gods given vertues... Very sad, but very good....

    bonnie (Report) Reply

  • David Harris (1/7/2008 12:47:00 AM)

    Allie, this is a painful poem to read. Sometimes the parting of a pet which has become part of the family is the hardest thing to get over. Some people look at you strangely when your grieving for a pet only because they've never own one and have never known the affection they can bring. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
    David, (Report) Reply

  • Beth L Adams (1/6/2008 11:04:00 AM)

    Oh, Allie! This is such a painful poem, but you've expressed your sorrow with exceptional grace. It is often difficult to express ourselves when we are overwhelmed with grief. I applaud your amazing talents and feel your pain as well. Take care, Beth (Report) Reply

  • Francis Duggan (1/6/2008 2:35:00 AM)

    A sad but very beautiful poem Allie you just keep writing such good readable poems keep on keeping on (Report) Reply

  • Duncan Wyllie (1/4/2008 7:31:00 AM)

    Very sad to hear of your loss, there is a lot of affection to be drawn from this Alison

    Thankyou for sharing something so personal

    Love duncan X (Report) Reply

  • Jerry Hughes (1/3/2008 11:12:00 PM)

    In human terms he would have been all but 120 years old and that's extraordinary. Well done Max old chap... (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (1/1/2008 3:50:00 PM)

    What a gallant fellow Max must have been! He will always be alive in your vivid
    word portrait of him.Lovely write, Allie.

    As always,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • R H (1/1/2008 11:53:00 AM)

    A poignant tribute to a well loved pet whose character leaps from the page -

    '...as you lay -
    all legs and love -
    on the couch.'

    beautifully written Allie, justine xx (Report) Reply

  • Meggie Gultiano (1/1/2008 3:03:00 AM)

    a sad but very touching poem..i can also relate to this, Ali..thanks for the sharing..Love you! (Report) Reply

  • David Harris (1/1/2008 1:43:00 AM)

    Allie, a sad poem to start New Years Day. Poignant way of remembering a cherished friend. Full of heartfelt sentiment. A fine if sad tribute to a loving friend. From an animal lover who has gone though this several times. I know how much it hurts and how it must have been to write. Happy New Year Allie and Jerry.
    Love and Hugs
    David (Report) Reply

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