I couldn’t call you to dinner tonight
Nor take the time to lovingly prepare your food
I have no need for turkey necks or sweet potatoes or summer squash
Your brush lies idle, I cannot use it on the other dogs
There is no silken fur that compares with yours
I could not lie on the floor with you
Playing pattycake or just quietly sharing a moment of calm
I could not take delight in watching you run
Nor smile at your expressions as you watched the other dogs getting all worked up about something or other
Your special chair is not a spot for the others to rest
I have put some papers there, and computer bag
It isn’t a place that can be taken
I could not take time before sleep to hug you,
To tell you how much I love you,
To tell you how big a place you will always have in my heart
The little things we shared are bittersweet
I still hear you, see you, talk to you
But I don’t know whether you hear
You stayed so faithfully by my side
Not long enough, though I am grateful for every moment
I will always love you
I will always remember you with joy
I will always remember the feel of your lovely head
Your warmth and trust, your stubborness and your strength
Your special grace and beauty
A year does not ease my sorrow
Any more than it could lessen my adoration
It only helps me realize that much more how remarkable you were.
Tonight I still miss you.
Tonight I still wish you were here.
God speed, sweet girl.
I will see you again someday at the Bridge.