Vincent S. Coster

Rookie - 206 Points (13th December 1976 / Dublin Ireland)

Dirge On The Passing Of My Pet Rabbit (For Coco) - Poem by Vincent S. Coster

The rabbit died during
the night
she had not been well
the day before
ignoring food that
she would have eaten normally
and I- fearing the worst
kept my cowardly distance
until that moment
came when she would die
trying to pretend I didn't
care when the truth was
I did care
and so, weeping like a child
I lament the loss
of that dear soft soul
and all the chances lost
to show her love
because of my own
self-defensive stupidity

Topic(s) of this poem: animals, death, dirge, lament, lamentation, ode

Form: Free Verse

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was written in honour of the family pet rabbit Coco who died suddenly one night and was found the following morning. I had tried to keep distant from the pets because we had cats that had to be rehoused a few years back and I found the loss of them too much to bear and so I tried to guard myself from the hurt that would come with the inevitable death of one of the rabbits. However when Coco did die, instead of not being too affected I was not only sad for her dying, but also I felt incredibly guilty that I had not shown more love to her while she was alive, this is something I do with everything in life. I try to shield myself from hurt by being a bit closed. However I lament this philosophy in this poem.It was written on the morning of March 28th 2018.
© Vincent S. Coster 2018

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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