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Notes To Self
by Kate Burnside
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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When early morning mist

rises over cream-coloured cows,

light will play tricks,

rolling in tall grass or lolloping

long and low towards you.


And when sun rides like fire

over late evening tides,

that rough-coated shadow

will still tail you along the strand,

head-down, nose to wind.


Our hall will remember the sound

of her heavy-pelted shake

and the robin yet come looking

for shed hair and moist crumbs –


though your heart won’t always

leap at each short bark

outside the kitchen window,

or supper involve

cooking extra or scraps.


So, bin tablets, book holidays,

frame pictures; but don’t

dare try to cut your fringe

when you’ve just had to have

the old dog put down.




5.6.1997 - 16.9.2012

RIP  xx

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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/4/2012
Oh, so sorry to hear of your loss; you are in my prayers, (((Kate)))! Wonderful tribute!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :(
Reviewed by richard cederberg 10/1/2012
So sorry about your loss, Kate. I can only say that I relate. Lost quite a few 'nepesh' buddies in my life. peace and wellness ... richard
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 9/30/2012
Bless you all for your kind thoughts and commiserations at this time. You've all been so eloquent and supportive. I really had no idea I would be so greatly affected, not having been in this situation before, but now I know of the pain first-hand that so many experience - and am in awe of anyone who treads this path more than once. However, my resolve is already weakening as regards remaining canine-companion free... !! With love and thanks, xx
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 9/28/2012
I am so sorry for your loss, Kate Some people do realize there is a lot more to our pet family than what was thought before We are finding out that they have a lot more intelligence that some people give them credit for and that they have such wonderful qualities that surpass even those of some humans
Reviewed by jude forese 9/28/2012
loss leaves such a chasm in the heart ...
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 9/27/2012
Kate I'm so in tune with your heart in this amazing tribute to Willow. They are family and when they leave a hole is left in our hearts and homes. Tears for her and for you Sweet Kate.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/25/2012
so sorry,
Great One,
your beautiful Willow has left...
but not left, our children never leave us;
it's how you handle the loss that makes this
such a worthy piece of writing, you come to
terms with grief...'cream-coloured cows'
'rough-coated shadow' and 'heavy-pelted shake'
and in that tightly-held grief - all the more poignant -
share the old dog with us; love the reference
to Alexander ordering the cutting of the horses'
tails and manes at the death of Hephaestion, and with it
broaden the loss to universal.

again, My Friend, i'm so sorry

Reviewed by Liana Margiva 9/25/2012
VERY SAD.......... Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 9/24/2012
♥hugs♥ I cry for days when a pet passes... it's all the unconditional love - it's real and it hurts, bad. ... so sorry - is this pic your dog? such a beauty! you've expressed yourself fully in that last stanza, and the rest a beautiful tribute of the memories.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/24/2012
So very sorry to hear of your enormous loss, Kate. I've endured the same more times than I care to remember. May your Willow's spirit live on in your heart and soul, forever.
Reviewed by RWE SAYS BYE 9/23/2012
This transcends the muted canine commemoration that so customarily accompanies a loss your poem superbly orchestrates, delineating in deep and moving tones how this particular dog's effect on his day moved you in so palpable and impressive a way... and you express this in your own inimitable way with such a potent verve in your verses. It is always exciting to come to your own unique spot in our Den, and see you have decorated it so uniquely and memorably. Be well and stay safe. Your dog is looking down with pride at how you've enshrined his memory in your pantheon of poetry.

Reviewed by Christine Alwin 9/23/2012
Awww..I can so relate to this..I am so sorry! There is no better dedicated friend~your poem is beautifully written Kate.
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 9/23/2012
I am so sorry for your loss. They are family, worse their practically perfect family, I lost "stretch" this exact time last fall. I will grieve with you for sure.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/23/2012
Heartwarming notes from a life well penned. Revised and remembered.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/23/2012
This is sad but also happy that you had such wonderful memories of him to last you your lifetime.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 9/23/2012
I'm so terribly sorry for your loss Kate! How intimate and personal, sacred really, certainly with all the feelings of someone who was very close to the subject.
Blessings, xo
Reviewed by Darrell and Kathy Adams 9/23/2012
Awww, Kate, we have a Buster who will go anytime now. I have lost beloved pets before and I feel your loss. What a poignant tribute to one of the most comforting kinds of relationships our Lord has provided for us. It is, still, so hard to say goodbye. Be well, Kathy *RIP Willow*
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 9/23/2012
Oh my heart goes out to you. I had to do this with our 13 yr old Beagle "Buster". It is so heart breaking, but so much more compassionate.
I wish we could do this to humans in pain and suffering...

Remember all those fond memories you with your precious Willow and know that you did the right thing...

Much love, peace and light, (miss you much)
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 9/23/2012
they are our truest friends without a doubt
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/23/2012
Sad but also real; you share a timeless and universal theme of this world/life, Kate. Thank you. Love and best wishes and my sincere sympathy,

Reviewed by D. Vegas 9/23/2012
Sorry about Willow...Kate

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 9/23/2012
I knew this was coming to a sad end as I read and digested your super wordplay, beside the picture more or less telegraphed the sad end. I have had a few put dawn, the latest three years ago. It was the hardest because the vet didn't know what she was doing and hurt my dog. This was a superb piece of poetry, Kate. My condolences.
Reviewed by Odin Roark 9/23/2012
This is truly an inspirational piece of melancholy, addressing far more than its textual subject, asking the heart and thinking of the reader to allow in between the line perception to nurture the compassion for nature and life we so often ignore. The impact of a canine companion is like no other... having had such daily comforts most of my life. My last two, a black and yellow lab, were such that entertaining another round of loss is beyond my courage meter for now. Your poem is a penetrating reminder of both the human and canine bond with nature. Thank you.
Reviewed by Jon Willey 9/23/2012
genuine members of the family as they steal our hearts and become an integral part of the goings on - moments that strike grief are those involving the loss of our pets - regardless of their tenure with us, we miss them terribly -- Kate, my sympathy goes out to you for the loss -- I wish you love peace and the ability to reconcile the passing - Jon Michael
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