Do I Go Home Today ?
 

My family brought me home cradled in their arms  
They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was full of charm

They played with me, laughed with me and showered me with toys
I sure do love my family, especially the girls and boys.
 

The children loved to feed me, they gave me special treats
They even let me sleep with them, all snuggled in their sheets
I used to go for walks several times a day
They even fought to hold the lead, I'm very proud to say.
They used to laugh and praise me, playing with that old shoe
I didn't know the difference between the old one and the new
The kids and I would grab a rag and for ages we would tug
So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bathroom rug.

 

They said that I was out of control and had to live outside
This I could not understand although I tried and tried
The walks stopped, one by one, they didn't have the time
 I wish that I could change things,
My life became so lonely in the garden on a chain
I barked and barked all day long to keep from going insane
They brought me to a shelter and embarrassed to say why
They said I caused an allergy and then they said goodbye.
If only I'd had classes when I was just a pup
I wouldn't have been hard to handle when I was all grown up
"You've only one day left" someone said to me
Does this mean a second chance?
Do I go home today?
~ Sandi Thompson ~
 

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May I Go Now?

Do you think the time is right?
May I say goodbye to pain filled days
and endless lonely nights?
 
I've lived my life and done my best,
an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my spirit free?
I didn't want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and loving light.
I want to go. I really do.
It's difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day.
To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you're sad and afraid,
because I see your tears.
I'll not be far, I promise that,
and hope you'll always know
that my spirit will be close to you
wherever you may go.
;Thank you so for loving me.
You know I love you, too.
That's why it's hard to say goodbye
and end this life with you.
 
So hold me now just one more time
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
you'll let me go today.
 
~ Susan A. Jackson ~

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