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May I Go Now?

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.

- Written for a beloved pet & friend, by Susan A. Jackson


Posts: 1,493

Fay, thank you for sharing this.  It takes me back to Fathers Day 2005.  That day began a week from you know where for me.  My baby Drew spent a week in the hospital after she was harmed and while at first she seemed to be alright, on the last day I visited her, I could see the pain in her beautiful little face and I knew she was asking me to let her go.  This just really says it all. 


There is a post on the other board about a man who lost his baby the same way I lost Drew, which I read yesterday.  It brought everything back as if it only happened yesterday.  Your post has helped me more than you know.  


Thank you again and take care.


Your friend,




DREW: 07/20/03-06/27/05

PRECIOUS: 08/08/93-07/26/06

MADDY:  07/20/03-09/23/06



Posts: 31
Beautiful poem. Reminds me of my last night with Maggie, last Saturday. I just held her and put my hands on her and cried and told her I loved her forever, and that she was the best dog I ever had and that I would always love her. She seemed so empty and vacant, she could no longer show any emotion, but she was still able to walk and move around until Sunday. The saddest thing I ever saw, was watching Maggie die. I never want to do that again. Next time, I will do euthanasia before it gets to that point.I used to be afraid of euthanasia. I was afraid it would hurt too much to watch them die, but natural death is no better and is worse in some ways. I had to watch Maggie deteriorate and become lifeless all day long and into the night. It was heartbreaking, but it gave me a lot of time to grieve and mourn beforehand, so for that I'm grateful. When her death finally came, I was more at peace with it.

Posts: 1
Such a poem, it says everything one feels when a pet is sick and you can't make the fateful decision.  I had to do that twice within 4 weeks of each other for my beloved 18-year-old cats recently.  I wish I had seen this poem then.  Thanks for posting.

Posts: 4,779
A beautiful poem. It brought to mind when Harry was sick, and me trying to make the decision to let him go. It is a hard decision, and one that no one wants to make. But, we do, because of the love we have for our fur babies, and we let them go to ease their pain, though we know that we will face the pain of losing them. Thank you so much for sharing.     
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