Living Love a must read poem for everyone

Patricia HodgePatricia Hodge WatertownMember Posts: 14,819
Living Love If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will always remember... The first is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your young new friend. You may have spent weeks deciding on a breed. You may have asked numerous opinions of many vets or done long research in finding a breeder. Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment, you may have just chosen that silly looking mutt in a shelter--simple because something in its eyes reached your heart But when you bring that chosen pet home, and watch it explore, and claim its special place in your hall or front room--and when you feel it brush against you for the first time-- it instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through the many years to come. The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later. It will be a day like any other. Routine and unexceptional . But, for a surprising instant, you will look at your longtime friend and see age where you once saw youth. You will see slow deliberate steps where you once saw energy. And you will see sleep where you once saw activity. So you will begin to adjust your friend's diet--and you may add a pill or two to her food. And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off, until the third day finally arrives. And on this day--if your friend and God have not decided for you, then you will be faced with making a decision of your own--on behalf of your lifelong friend, and with the guidance of your own deepest Spirit But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you---you will feel as alone as a single star in the dark night. If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as they must. And if you are typical, you will find that not many in your circle of family or friends will be able to understand your grief, or comfort you. But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul --a bit smaller in size than your own--- seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely days to come. And at moments when you least expect anything our of the ordinary to happen, you may feel something brush against your leg--very very lightly. And looking down at the place where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend used to lay---you will remember those three significant days. The memory will most likely be painful, and leave an ache in your heart--- As time passes the ache will come and go as it has a life of its own. You will both reject it and embrace it, and it may confuse you. If you reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace it, it will deepen you. Either way, it will still be an ache. But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when ---along with the memory of your pet--- and piercing through the heaviness in your heart---there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have loved, and lost. This realization takes the form of a Living Love---like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals have wilted, this Love will remain and grow--and be there for us to remember. It is a love we have earned. It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go. And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live. It is a Love which is ours alone. And until we ourselves leave, perhaps to join our Beloved Pets-- it is a Love that we will always possess. -Written by Martin Scot Kosins


  • MouseMouse Near Camborne,Member Posts: 43,591 ✭✭✭
    edited 3 September, 2006
    Thank you so much for sharing those beautiful and truthful sentiments with us Bluie. Now mom's crying.
  • Sylvia SmithSylvia Smith WoodvilleMember Posts: 10,444
    edited 4 September, 2006
    My mom is sitting therre just crying after she read this beautiful post. It's so true. She misses all of us so much...and she remembers all three (four) of those days perfectly. It's not something you ever forget. She remembers those days for every one of us who have come to the Bridge...her best friend, Fred who came in sister Chica who csame in 2001...and me who came July 5th this year. She loved all of us so much. We don't know what to do about the group(s)...there are so many...and they're all good groups. If they could all combine into one Rainbow Kitties group somehow, it would probably be easier for all of us to keep up with each other. But we like all the groups. You all do a great job as administrators, and we know it's not easy. Purrs... Bonita
  • Paola ZambraPaola Zambra Member Posts: 7
    edited 4 September, 2006
    That was sooo beautiful, thanks so much for sharing. Momma is crying now too.
  • Teri SextonTeri Sexton Member Posts: 7,987
    edited 4 September, 2006
    Very beautiful, very moving. My momma has tears now. too.
  • Rachel HicksRachel Hicks Littleton/DenverMember Posts: 23,738
    edited 4 September, 2006
    My gaurdian & sister would like to join me in saying thank you so much. All my mom has done today is cry. I believe your words have helped to heal her hurt. thanks again.
  • Sandie PiperSandie Piper KamloopsMember Posts: 584
    edited 6 September, 2006
    Thank you so much for the beautiful poem. Mommy cried when she read it. She remembers my first 3 days so well as well as my sister Brandy's. I had to go the the vet my first night with my new mom. I know she misses us very much and the poem was very helpful to her. Thank you again. Ashley and Brandy Piper
  • Lowell VincentLowell Vincent ChildersburgMember Posts: 219
    edited 7 September, 2006
    Oh, no. You lost a Brandy, too. I lost my little princess, who also happens to be named Brandy on May 3rd. Her 16 birthday would have been August 18th. I miss her so very much.
  • Cassandra GriffinCassandra Griffin OmahaMember Posts: 4,662
    edited 9 September, 2006
    mommys crying and holding me tight she hopes i live long now im pretty much crying
  • Niki MattsonNiki Mattson St. PaulMember Posts: 20,360
    edited 15 September, 2006
    Oh, thanks so much Bluie! After Mommy read that she started holding on to me really tight. She started sneezing cuz of her allergies, (pollen, not me) but she didn't wanna let me go! Just like after she watches Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey! She remembers her dog Tino: the day she got him and the day he didn't meet her at the top of the stairs after school. He didn't live very long, so she doesn't remember him growing older. Then she remembers when he got so sick they had to put him to sleep. Now she remembers getting me. Hopefully those other things won't happen for a long time!
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