Monday, November 16, 2015

Rescued


What I miss the most is-
your smile
          playfulness
                  gentleness
loyalty and vulnerability

I remember
the way you protected me
from strangers-
the way you used to tremble
at the sound of thunderstorm

Oh, how you loved the snow
and long walks in the park

You followed me 
on my journey-
and sometimes you led me

I wonder-
did I rescue you
or did you rescue me?

I remember that night
when you ran away
and then showed up at my door
hours and hours later-
with those innocent/guilty eyes of yours

Who says you can't
go home again

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This poem is dedicated to my lovely dog who lived a healthy, happy and long life. Even though I lost him a few years ago, I still miss him. He was a Keeshond, such a handsome dog, with a plush two-layer coat of silver and black fur with a ruff and curled tail. He is pictured here offering me a flower in my garden. Smiles. He was a rescue dog as his previous owner had neglected him. As a result, when I first adopted him, he was not comfortable around people. But with love and great care, he overcame the past neglect and became the most playful and wonderful pet. I will always remember him fondly and he has a special place in my heart.

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Sharing with dVerse ~ Poetics where the theme is "Who/What do you miss?"-- inspired by my own post you can find here on my blog. Thank you, Mary, for hosting!

22 comments:

  1. This is a very moving poem, Loredana! "I wonder- / did I rescue you / or did you rescue me?" - I just love those lines. I sadly know what it is to miss a dog. Thank you for the former poem that prompted this great prompt.

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  2. Oh, Loredana, I really understand this poem. I especially resonate with the question about who rescued who. My youngest dog Basil is a 'rescue,' and I wonder the same. Some dogs are very special & irreplaceable. It is obvious that your keeshond was one of those dogs! Who could refuse to love a dog with those "innocent/guilty eyes!"

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  3. Oh this is so moving. The sorrow of a dog (or a cat) can stay forever.. I still recall a cat we had when I was young who was more of a friend than all the others, but he was hit by a car and only lives in my heart (he died in 1972)..

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  4. Some dogs and cats sure just stick with you forever, and yeah, who rescued who sure comes into play.

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  5. Considered man's best friend, rightly so! More so when they've been given a second chance!

    Hank

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  6. So true, so true, and something I am only discovering now that I have a pet of my own (a cat I've longed for all my life):
    You followed me
    on my journey-
    and sometimes you led me

    I wonder-
    did I rescue you
    or did you rescue me?

    A touching story to accompany a gentle, lyrical poem.

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  7. So many of us had/have pets as family members. I should have included them in my memory of the past poem. We still have a 14 year old tom cat who was a rescue pet as well.

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  8. Oh. Loredana--I considered writing about the dogs I miss so much--but it would have been an epic poem. They are so much a part of our lives. I shudder to think of losing the ones with whom I am blessed. And I agree--they rescue us. (all my dogs have been rescues, except the first when I didn't know better.)

    Victoria (google won't let me comment using my current blog--grrr)

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  9. This was almost unbearable to read. I had to have my cat put down just a couple of weeks ago and I cry every day with the missing. We are all so blessed to be rescued by these precious animals and their non-judgemental love. Even now I cry because I know SamCat rescued me. I almost wrote about the loving animals in my life but it was too painful. Indeed they stay with us forever. Thank you for your poem and for inspiring this prompt.

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  10. What a beautiful happy face he had. Yes, I suspect they rescue us more than we do them - but they also stay very loyal and grateful, when we rescue them from abuse or neglect. Bless you. I loved this poem.

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  11. I m so sorry for your loss... this is such a moving tribute!

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  12. Beautiful. Sorry for your loss. My dogs were family to me too.

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  13. He is precious...thanks for the touching share Loredana ~

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  14. What a sweet spirit, and most likely you rescued each other...I love that part!

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  15. That we outlive our dogs is the unviverses way of keeping us humble. >KB

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  16. Loredana this is so lovely ....a wonderful tribute to love and loss....bittersweet memories..

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  17. How sweet, I had another dog, he died in 2008, still carrying a photo of him in my wallet.

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  18. a very beautiful and heartfelt poem! the gift of memories. thank you! sorry for your loss.

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  19. What an absolutely wonderful tribute to your dog. What was his name? I still miss my Bette, who also lived a long life, and she's been gone almost 12 years and we have another sweet dog now. Thanks for sharing. Peace, Linda

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  20. Well.. for me at least..
    my savior comes
    as a yellow
    boy under a shed
    crying to a man
    who has lost
    all his heart..
    for a morsel
    of food from
    the wild..
    the cure..
    a morsel
    of heart
    for me.. smiles..:
    in cat paws of Love.. too..:)

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  21. He looks like a very sweet dog. - They do leave their paw prints on our hearts.

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