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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.


: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
mk-kayem Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
I almost cried the first time I read that poem. Thanks for the kind comment. :heart:
cindy1701d Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Very nice. :)
mk-kayem Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Thanks! :)
cindy1701d Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
your welcome.
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]
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:
Momotte2 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure ! :hug:
sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
Merry Christmas!:):santa:
mk-kayem Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Thank you so very much... :glomp:
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