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Dog of Christmas Past by mk-kayem Dog of Christmas Past by mk-kayem
The House Dog's Grave
by Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962)

I've changed my ways a little; I cannot now
Run with you in the evenings along the shore,
Except in a kind of dream; and you,
If you dream a moment,
You may see me there.

So leave awhile the paw-marks on the front door
Where I used to scratch to go out or in,
And you'd soon open; leave on the kitchen floor
The marks of my drinking-pan.

I cannot lie by your fire as I used to do
On the warm stone,
Nor at the foot of your bed; no,
All the nights through I lie alone.

But your kind thought has laid me less than six feet
Outside your window where firelight so often plays,
And where you sit to read‚
And I fear often grieving for me‚
Every night your lamplight lies on my place.

You, man and woman, live so long, it is hard
To think of you ever dying.
A little dog would get tired, living so long.
I hope that when you are lying
Under the ground like me your lives will appear
As good and joyful as mine.

No, dears, that's too much hope:
You are not so well cared for as I have been.
And never have known the passionate undivided
Fidelities that I knew.
Your minds are perhaps too active, too many-sided...
But to me you were true.

You were never masters, but friends. I was your friend.
I loved you well, and was loved. Deep love endures
To the end and far past the end.

If this is my end, I am not lonely.
I am not afraid.
I am still yours.

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:holly: Just a quick note to ask that if you are thinking of getting a pet for Christmas that you consider a shelter animal. And if you do get a family pet for the holidays, please do not bring him/her into the home during the festivities. They need quiet and attention to adjust! :holly:

Thanks ~ kaydy

Entry for the contest "Christmas in the Air" held by :iconourarea51:
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CanveySue Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful poem, made me feel sad. Love the artwork - well done
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
I almost cried the first time I read that poem. Thanks for the kind comment. :heart:
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cindy1701d Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Very nice. :)
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Thanks! :)
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cindy1701d Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
your welcome.
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Momotte2 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love so much your work ! :heart: and I add you wonderful work in my journal : [link]
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Wow, that is a great collection of art, and I am surprised and honored to be added to it. It means so much to me, thanks. :hug:
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Momotte2 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure ! :hug:
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
Merry Christmas!:):santa:
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Thank you so very much... :glomp:
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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
My pleasure:):hug:
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bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This poem is so sweet and so sad. It made me cry . One of our Shelties died this past summer and it made me think of him and how much I miss him. Your art is so very good!!! :happycry:
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my white husky mutt years ago, but I still miss him, too.

Thank you for the kind words. :hug:
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bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I know what you mean. Our pets are such a big part of our lives. I'm sorry about your white husky too. I hope it gets better as time goes on. :hug:
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Thanks. :heart:

Hope your holidays are special!! :holly:
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bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I hope your holidays are wonderful too!!! :holly::heart::holly::heart:
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Thank you. :)
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awe that is so sad but heartwarming at the same time:)All my dogs are rescue and a important part of the family:heart:
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Lucky dogs! Thank you for that, and for the kind comment. :hug:
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Laurasshadesofgrey Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Youre welcome:)
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
You were featured here: [link] . If you liked the feature, don't hesitate to show it some love by clicking on the heart :heart: found at the top of my Journal. :peace:
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Thank you, I am honored! :hug:
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DanaAnderson Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Taking animals from a shelter is a good idea but I think when people present their kids with animals for a holiday they not always do the right thing. :(
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
I totally agree. No matter where people get a puppy or a kitten from, they should be brought into the home after all the excitement dies down, a few days later. They need quiet and attention to adjust properly. Hopefully, a shelter worker will explain that!

Thanks, Dana. I think I will add that to the comment. :heart:
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DanaAnderson Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
If you like the idea, than do it. :D
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SuliannH Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Another beautiful Christmas piece , I like it very much. Tears came to my eyes when reading the poem though.... I am glad that the dog had a wonderful life as it is not always the case with all the other dogs.
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
I read this poem when I was a kid and I googled it so I could share it, it made me tear up too!

I wish all dogs, all animals, were so lucky... :cweeks:
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SuliannH Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
That's a beautiful poem...
Ahhh me too, poor things! :sniff:
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lavenderleafphotos Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010   Photographer
Very nice!:D
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Thank you! :hug:
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lavenderleafphotos Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010   Photographer
Your very welcome! :hug:
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Hillbillygirl Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
THis is so pretty! I love it. :hug:
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Thanks so much my friend! :hug:
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Hillbillygirl Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
You are so welcome. May you have a :iconmerrychristmas1::iconmerrychristmas2: and a :iconhappynewyear:. May all of your wishes be filled and your dreams come true. :hug:
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
Same to you and your family. :holly::santa::holly:
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WoWfandema Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
:) thanks
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WoWfandema Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student
NO problem!!!
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Selaks Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the story, its so sad :( I felt like crying for the poor dog. Geat work :nod:
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Thank you for saying so! :hug:

It's sad, but happy too that the dog had a wonderful life.
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Selaks Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It's nice to know the dog had led a wonderful life! :glomp:
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Dabrie Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
this looks great
love the message behind it too
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mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Thanks very much! :hug:
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