I wrote this post/poem in 2013 when Splatter underwent surgery to remove a 6lb tumor from his spleen. He survived that and lived until yesterday. He died at 12:57 pm on June 21, 2017. The first day of summer. So, I’m publishing this again to celebrate his memory, his heart, his soul. Today, I have no words, only tears….
How many tears can one person shed?
I sit with swollen eyes, waiting,
Waiting to hear from the doctor,
Will my best friend live?
Together, we’ve walked the high desert,
Swam in irrigation ponds,
And chased cormorants in the salty sea.
We took long walks,
And he was always by my side,
At home, he followed me from room to room,
Just wanting to lie down near me.
But now I may lose him,
And the tears just won’t stop flowing,
I know he is a dog and is not expected to outlive me,
But to me, he is my child,
And I don’t know how I will go on without him.
So, I wait and I pray,
And I cry.