~I Stood By Your Bed~
“I stood by your bed last night; I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
‘It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.’
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea.
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached out to me.
I was with you at the shops today; your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels; I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today; you tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you that I’m not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you; I smiled & said, ‘It’s me.’
You looked so very tired & sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there.
It’s possible for me to be so near you every day.
To say to you with certainty, ‘I never went away.’
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew,
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is almost over, I smile & watch you yawning,
& say, ‘Goodnight, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.’
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you & we’ll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out, then come home to be with me.”
You will always be in our hearts & our minds until the end of time & I know we will get to see you again. Rest in peace!
Our heartfelt condolences to the Lakin family.
—- The Paw Print team —-