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Written by Kathy Sater Partch in memory of Sid
How do I say that final goodbye to something I so passionately love?
This becomes more difficult than the times before.
I cannot endure one more moment of silence.
Please, don't let me go through this again.
Are all the treasures from this love really worth it in the end?
The tempo of time is too swift.
Can I slow it down?
Thoughts rush by from all the things we've done and still wanted to do.
So many great moments scatter my thoughts while
Contemplating what was happening before me.
Please, is there some way to go back in time?
No, no this is real.
This is now.
The pain is excruciating.
Please, make it go away.
I hate the reality of this moment.
I'll never go through this again.
I reach down to touch one last time.
It doesn't feel familiar.
Once vibrant: this beautiful soul lay before me --
My friend, my life, my love, my dog;
I tried to memorize this passion as I said goodbye --
The classic head, still beautiful dark eyes now faded,
But still expressing everything I tried to grasp.
The body not quite the same as I remember.
Why does time change so much?
Goodbye my precious love,
I said softly with trembling voice.
I shall never forget you.
We will meet again at the Bridge.
I took a deep breath,
The moment fell into thunderous silence.
Kathy Sater Partch 2016
--For Every Dog an Angel--