A Dog’s Allegiance
By Robert James Taylor
What say you, my faithful friend
We are both old now- our years the same
What lies ahead, we can’t pretend
We both know we face the end.
But master dear, I sense your whim
Our time together is running thin
My wish to go please don’t condone
If you go first, I am left alone.
You found me and I found you
Abandoned, lost, starving, who
Wondered why in Heaven’s name
Treated you with cruel disdain.
I remember my first days with you
Confused, afraid but slowly grew
My faith in you- my savior found
How you turned my life around.
For years now, you’ve shown such strength
One hind leg lame and still at length
Three surgeries could not mend
Your loss though to contend.
Your limb askew still you grew
To accept these terms unfair
Some blessed hope whereof you knew
And I was unaware.
My darling boy you never showed
Such resentment of your fate
On you so suddenly bestowed
Your courage now your finest trait.
So yes my boy, it would be best
If you go first and I will follow
We both deserve such peaceful rest
Our lives now spent and seem hollow.
Rainbow Bridge now calls for me
Where I will run again carefree
When your time comes please don’t despair
You’ll find me waiting for you there.