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Her Quiet Place
Author: Capricorn

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The apple tree stoops;
a shady embrace --
Sheba sleeps beneath.

I whispered goodbye
in Novemberís gloom,
knew she would fade
before crimson streaked the sky.

When the gardenís ablaze
with crocusí and daffodils,
her bed is confettied
in apple blossom.
A throw of snow flakes
warms her in winter.

I sense her still
bounding up to greet me,
her collar medallion jingling.

When the house is hushed
I sometimes see her sleeping
in a dark corner.

Her aura never left;
under the fruit trees
is her favourite quiet place.

------- Author's Notes -------

In memory of my Border Collie who died nearly 5 years ago, but sometimes she still feels close.

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Comments on this poem/writing:

barb (67.58.201.106) -- Thursday, June 29 2006, 09:34 pm

so compassionate

I can tell even after 5 years you still miss her. even Max doesn't fill the Void. Good write Cap.
Capricorn (82.46.210.240) -- Saturday, July 1 2006, 03:06 pm

true

I really miss Sheba and however good Max is he cannot replace her. I'll be saying exactly the same when he goes.
Catyrose (71.39.35.38) -- Wednesday, July 5 2006, 09:27 pm

touching

I have had my old dog for 15 years now. He is more than a pet. He's family. Wonder if I'll feel this way when it's time for him to move on. Thanks for sharing such a tender account.
Capricorn (82.46.210.240) -- Friday, July 7 2006, 12:18 am

family

Yes - I feel they are family too. We have another dog now. He's 4yrs old and I dread the day we lose him.
Bipedalguy (4.156.126.44) -- Friday, July 7 2006, 07:21 pm

Sadness, beautifully expressed.

The fourth stanza brings back a memory of "Prince" who was with us from my pre-teen years until I returned (on leave from service) after a year in Korea. Prince must have thought I was gone forever. The next time I returned, Prince was gone.(forever)
Capricorn (82.46.180.69) -- Tuesday, July 11 2006, 01:09 am

sad

It is so sad to lose a pet ~ they are like family, but memories will stay with us forever.
Rick Ryckman (71.97.23.226) -- Thursday, November 2 2006, 08:45 pm

Capricorn

Hi Capricorn,
Have you ever seen the white cat on the Kal can cat food. My cat could pass for its twin. I called him Sasquatch Big Bear. He had 6 toes - one eye was gold the other was blue. One pupil was oval and the other was round. He weighed 25 pounds. When he passed I took him to Bowie, Texas to lay him to rest. Truely enjoyed your words that have brought tears to my eyes.
capricorn (82.36.228.32) -- Sunday, November 5 2006, 09:08 pm

Hi Rick

I enjoyed reading about your cat -- his eyes sound so unusual. It is so sad to lose your pet, isn't it? I'm glad you enjoyed this poem.
 
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