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Jake and "Hambone"
by Tina M Clark
Sunday, October 02, 2005
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A poem about a boy named Jake and his best friend, Hambone.........I hope you enjoy.(sad, beware)

Jake and "Hambone"



Jake and Hambone were the best of friends

Both born just hours apart

Joined forever in the others heart


Jake had eyes of blue

and sandy blond hair

Hambone just a old hound

with not near enough sense

But where one went

the other was close behind

Best of friends ever to be found


They went through their chewing stage

chewing on everything in sight

I even caught them sharing

 a old house shoe one night


They both grew older

no worse for the ware

and Hambone followed Jake everywhere


School started and Jake had to go

Old Hambone would lay waiting

all day outside by the stairs


Weekends were the very best

driving out to pawpaw's

So they could spend the night

To the lake on Saturday

Hambone went right along

Jumping in the water

at the break of dawn

Swimming and frolicking

Until they were to tired to move

Sharing peanut butter and jelly

it was such a funny sight

Hambone getting it stuck in the roof of his mouth

Then laying in the sun with a warm summer breeze

Hambone laying right next to Jake's knees


They were there for each other

soothing any pain

playing together after warm summer rains

Hambone would wallow

in the mud first chance he got

and Jake would sneak him in

mud everywhere, Gram's would be mad

Until Jake hung his head looking so sad

Yes, boy and dog made quite a team

together they didn't miss

much of anything


Jake grew older

and to O.U. he went

Hambone couldn't go

and you could tell Jake was missed


Nineteen years passed

years full of fun and sun

Old Hambone grew older

and got to where he couldn't run

He just lay around

only playing in his dreams


A call to the dorm one late

October night

made Jake's heart break

at just the thought

Hambone was dying

Did Jake want to drive home

Jake said, he would be right there

as he hung up the phone


He drove four hours

that October night

Hambone part of his every thought

with tears in his eyes

he made it home

Hambone was waiting

still holding on


He was curled up

 on the foot of Jake's old bed

And Jake lay down

and held his graying head

Tears dripping down

on Hambone's fur

To Jake it just didn't seem at all fair

Hambone looked up

and licked away a tear

you could tell he was glad Jake was near


Hambone left that October night

But Jake will carry him

forever with in his heart

Man and Hound will never

 really ever part.


Jake buried him beneath

the willows

somehow it seemed so fitting

for both were weeping

Jake made an old wood cross

to mark the spot

Of the best old dog

he had ever got

He picked up little "Hamtwo"

Great grandson of Hambone

and headed towards home


A friend left

but never forgot.


©2005 Tina Clark 

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 10/9/2005
Made me cry.

Reviewed by Betty Torain 10/4/2005
A very heart-felt write. Just shows your wonderful gift to express yourself. Thank you , Betty
Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/3/2005
Wonderful story/poem Tina,that many of us could identify with our own children and their pets. You did a beautiful job of writing this one. It brought back many memories of my boys and their dogs. Thanks for sharing!

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/3/2005
A heartfelt tale, Tina. Thank you for sharing it. Love and peace.

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/3/2005
Delightful story in this poem, Tina; very good! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/3/2005
They were there for each other
soothing any pain

There are no closer, truer friends than a boy and his dog, and this is a wonderful bittersweet tale of true friendship, Tina. Jake and Hambone's story also brought memories of my furry childhood pal flooding back to me - if only our furry friends could live longer - they truly do give their all to us.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 10/3/2005
well done, it is hard to say goodbye to our longtime fur friends. I am saddened.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/3/2005
Very heart wrenching write. Blessings Always, Paul.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 10/3/2005
Their memories within "YOU" will always be STRong and well needed, I feel------Tina - Tink - and any friend- pet lovers- I wish you warmth in your healing! Wonderful story written in Poetry- my sweet Friend -T- oxox Sad SAd but, Truly needed to be written- Love&Light,Sheee
Reviewed by Judith Pleasant 10/2/2005
Oh my gosh Tina, that is an awesome story put into poem form. It gave me goose bumps. No matter what they say, there is nothing like the friendship and love that we can have with pets. They sometimes treat us better than our fellow human beings. Some cold hearted people will never know that feeling of the unexplainable bond, but I can tell you have the god force in you where animals are concerned.
Love and Blessings,
Reviewed by Tina Clark 10/2/2005
Tinka, so very sorry my friend for you loss! I know the feeling all to well having loss two dogs this past year. You never forget them though and how much they blessed your life! I believe we will be with them again at least I pray so. Thank you too Lynn and Andy, I am just getting back strong and my ISP crashed. I lost all my authors work I had yet to view so PLEASE no one get upset with me, if I miss a few. I love you all!

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 10/2/2005
Is something special about our owners..
Reviewed by White Dove left (Reader) 10/2/2005
as always your gifts and talents are wonderful
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 10/2/2005
Shitty Tina this made me so sad...I lost my pup today!!

And Eddie lost his dear Gabby cat!!

Truly a sad day!!

Beautiful storie my friend..saving this one!!

Love Tinka
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