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When your tail has stilled and your tooth's become long
I will see you off fondly with our Sunshine song.
The pain wasn't touched by acetaminophen,
these tumors that spring up in powers of ten.
I know that they hurt so I'm gentle with you,
but you snap at my fingers as if that's not true.
But still, I fold pills into slices of cheese,
hoping the pain, if not stopped, can be eased.
You're eager to eat, so there's hope for you still,
but my wish is to know when you've lost all your will,
and when the time comes for your tail to be stilled,
and your tooth's just too long, and the world is too hilled,
I pray for the courage to see you through the end,
my loyal good boy, and the world's best, best friend.
© 2014 Nicholas Emeigh
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Part of the group "Record-A-Poem," and part of the Playlist "The Poetry of Nicholas Emeigh" which includes 40+ other poems.
Notes: This poem was written on Saturday, March, 15, 2014. It's about my puppy Toby. We got him in 2001 to help cheer my dying grandma. He's been a very good boy ever since, but now he's nearing the end. That's what this poem is dealing with...or, rather, what I'm dealing with.
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