Upon the Passing of My Caroline

by Trina Nagele, November 28, 2014

 In my mind’s eye
I see you running through the sky
Towards the bridge of rainbow light.
As you’re ascending,
With each bound
I see your body mending.
Your muzzle, with age faded white,
Can now be seen
Shading to its former hues of brown.
Your dulled senses of smell and sight
Become again keen.
When you the entrance have found
Which you were seeking,
You pause to turn around
And look back to me.
For a moment, though it’s brief,
You sit down
And once more
Raise your gentle paw,
As you’ve done so oft before,
This time though
As if a blessing to bestow
To console me in my grief.
Rising to your feet,
You wag your tail as if thanking me
For the life we shared here below.
You give a joyful bark
To let me know
You’ve found relief
From all infirmity.
Then it’s time for you onward to go.
I’m glad to see
Your tail’s a-wag
And your head is up
As you trot, with the ease
Of a youthful pup,
Through the open gate.
There you’ll patiently my arrival await,
And on some unknown future date,
You’ll me joyously greet…
Fare well, my beloved friend,
Until we meet again.

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