I remember I lost a good mate some time ago.
Was so dam hard to give the nod to let him go.
Brought him home to a spot I knew he would like.
Placing him in the ground was a wrenching sight.
Burning his name on a post, before it got to dark.
It will last a long time, this remembrance mark.
Remember, I sure will, the words that he heeded.
When it hurt inside, when discipline was needed.
The games we would play, oh! So much fun.
A walk down to the park, or a good long run.
Or when he wasn’t looking, I’d hide in tall grass.
Hearing him circling until he pounced, oh I would laugh.
Playing with an empty plastic bottle, and lasting for ages.
Until enough was had, he would lay while I read papers.
And on a balmy summer night always etched in my head.
Us, resting on the driveway, his head resting on my leg.
He’s memory in my heart, I will hold so close, so near.
As do my family, he was one of us and so dear.
He still is talked about today, and every now and then.
Someone will tell a story, at how he touched them.
I know I can’t write all the humorous times in his life.
The fun, the laughter, from myself, Daughters and Wife.
This is a tribute to him, the memories that won’t abate
This bloke that gave unconditional love, our four-legged mate.
David J Delaney
Winner for the month of September 2007, awarded by “The Creative pen” worldwide poetry web site.