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Posts: 95
Lori -
Your beautiful poem for Piezon "So Long" brought tears to my eyes, and also memories of my three puppers, gone these many years. Like you I have been absent much from PetLoss, and although I check in frequently I have not posted recently. I guess our lives too often get in the way.
Your verses also reminded me of this poem. I can see in your posts of the last painful months that you and the poem's author felt much the same. Rather than send it as a reply to your post, I am going to give it to you, and to the many other folks here with heavy hearts, as a new post. May it help hurting hearts and tear-filled eyes.
                                    "Old Dog in a Locket"
                                      Old dog in a locket
                                 that lays next to my heart
                                      I will always love you
                                As I did right from the start

                                 You were right beside me
                          through the darkest of my days
                          It was your kind and gentle nature
                               That made me want to stay

                               Now I hold you in my arms
                     Your breath still warm against my hand
                               Our hearts still beat together
                             And I wonder if you understand

                           Through the hours that I held you
                           Before the light did leave your soul
                             I knew a way to keep you
                                        Forever in my hold
                    I snipped the hair from around your eyes
                                      So I would always see
                                 The beauty that surrounds me
                                         Even in times of need
                    I snipped the hair from around your ears
                                      So I would always hear
                                      Music in the distance
                                      To quiet all my fears

                     I snipped the hair from across your back
                         To bring me strength in time of need
                            And so the power of your essence
                                     Would always be with me

                     I snipped the hair from around your heart
                                   That beat in time with mine
                        So I would know that love would find me
                                    At some distant time

                             And so, your life slipped out of mine
                                       On a quiet Springlike day
                                     But I knew that a part of you
                                        Was always here to stay
                                          Old dog in a locket
                                      That lays next to my heart
                                           I will always love you
                                    Even though we had to part.

                                         by Heidi Stamm

And now my tears are flowing again, as I remember my dog Salish, and her sons Haida and Chito. I hope this poem makes many of you remember once again that faithful soul, who still lies -

                                            Next to your Heart

Love, and Healing - Mark, Koke'e, and the rest of the Pride,

                                     And Salish, Haida and Chito
                                     Now running wild and free, somewhere

                                     North of the Rainbow Bridge.  

Posts: 2,123
Wow, Mark, that poem broke me up ... but it's beautiful. And it's so fitting for me because I wear Piezon's fur in a glass charm hanging at my heart every day.

I hope others feel they can post here too, as this poem is for everyone. It's so very, very moving.

Thanks Mark, and my heart is with you in your losses too.

P.S. I'm on a little weekend getaway for my b-day and checked-in the boards to find this ... what a nice b-day surprise.


Posts: 1,191

Nice poem to share Rick
Happy Early Birthday to Lori!


Posts: 564
Mark, what a wonderful poem!  Thank you for sharing it.

I notice that you reference North of the Rainbow Bridge....I hope that my Sibes, Luke and Lil, whom I lost this summer, have hooked up with your pups and are wearing the same Silver Harnesses!  I'm sure they have sweet harmony as they howl to the moon, calling for their masters who will meet with up with them soon!

My two new rescue Sibes, SilverCloud and Rowdy, follow in their sacred path!

God Bless!  Rick

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Ohhhh--the tears are flowing here too. I kept a lttle fluff off my old dog Max and put it in an envelope the day I took him to cross the rainbow bridge. I am going to get a locket. Thank you so much for sharing.  Sue

Posts: 398
Great Poem.  I believe there exists a little of that poem in all of us.

Jeff  ( Gizmo's Dad)


Posts: 328
Your poem has brought a tear to my eye. My Huskies have been gone almost 4 years, and I think of all the great times we had. There are times that  my soul knows they are with me always, although they are North of Rainbow Bridge waiting for me. I know that Luke and Lil are with Zacky and Dakota, playing in the fresh snow and wearing their Silver harnesses. Here is the story of "North of Rainbow Bridge"

North of The Rainbow Bridge

The time comes A Siberian Husky lifts up its head. There is an untested adventure beyond. Time to go.

Across the Rainbow Bridge is a place for all dogs. A river runs wide and shallow with tennis balls that fly with their own wings; that is the place for a Labrador or Golden to await its master's arrival.

The Siberian is not content here. Northward is its trail....

There are soft pastures for Aussies and Border Collies, with sheep and geese to pen. Agility equipment grows like trees amid Frisbees and flyball.

But the North continues its sure wild call, and the Siberian's journey continues....

Now the air is colder. Now the moon is always full. Now the light is silver and it breaks and shimmers on fields of bright snow. Now there are no roads, no walls, no pens, just endless space to run. This is where Siberians gather, North of the Rainbow Bridge.

They wait in this beautiful place, happy, but not complete. Suddenly, a howl begins, as one dog senses someone coming, someone very special. All the Siberians raise their heads and join in the ancient chorus. They dance like moonbeams and sing like winter winds.

There are red ones like dawn streaks, black ones splattered with many colors and silver ones like the first strange hour before light. They line up as if in harness and run together, in a scintillating, many-colored streak. The leader of the team guides the others past the fields and river, with racing feet and racing heart. They rush to greet the new arrival at the Rainbow Bridge, where the leader is rejoined with its beloved person, never to be parted again.

The glory of the reunion is celebrated by all the Siberians dwelling beyond the Bridge, a glimmering, multicolored team leaping and whirling with joy. The light from that scene is what we see on magical evenings in the northern most parts of this Earth: The Aurora

Borealis, the Northern Lights beyond the Rainbow Bridge


by MakWa4me



Posts: 315
That is beautiful.  I clipped hair from Riley and it brings me much comfort.

Posts: 5
Okay, I'm bawling like a big baby, now and stealing the poem.  Thank you for posting.



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