O, the emotional fire we log,
when into our lives we weave a dog.
Frontwards, backwards, from dog to God,
we learned of love on this path we trod.
Unconditional grace outpoured;
lives of abundant joy restored.
Learning to share, give, sit, and wait
from our dog’s life we extrapolate.
Life’s limits often catch us unaware,
grief’s pall spreads pain everywhere.
Telling the story, reliving the years,
helps to assuage the flowing tears.
Thanks be to God for the time we had;
short as it was, it made us glad.
Give us the courage to see good greater,
and do it again, sooner not later.
© 2010 Todd Jenkins