07 October 2009

My Dear Shortround


Lend Me A Pup

I will lend to you for awhile
a puppy, God said
For you to love him while he lives
and to mourn for him when he is gone.

Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
or maybe for two or three
But will you, till I call him back
take care of him for me?

He'll bring his charms to gladden you
and (should his stay be brief)
you'll always have his memories
as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise that he will stay,
since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below
I want this pup to learn.

I've looked the whole world over
in search of teachers true
And from the folk that crowd life's land
I have chosen you.

Now will you give him all your love
Nor think the labour vain
Nor hate me when I come to take my pup back again.

I fancied that I heard them say
"Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done,"
For all the joys this pup will bring,
the risk of grief you'll run.
Will you shelter him with tenderness
Will you love him while you may
And for the happiness you'll know forever grateful stay.

But should I call him back
much sooner than you've planned
Please brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.
If, by your love, you've managed
my wishes to achieve,
In memory of him that you've loved
cherish every moment with your faithful bundle,
and know he loved you too.

Author Unknown


10 comments:

trulygrateful said...

I gently pass along to you my deepest condolences for your loss. May each day that comes help to bring a greater sense of peace for you.
-- John

Erik said...

I'm so sorry.

vernnyc said...

Big bear hugs from NYC!

jefferzephyr said...

I'm very sorry for your loss.

mrdreamjeans said...

Jeanne, I've been asking Tim if you were all right. I heard about Malachy when I was in Dallas. It's so very sad and I am so sorry for your loss. Take good care of yourself ... Remember how much joy and love Malachy brought to your home.

Healing HUGS!

geometrician said...

Jeanne, I feel like I know you because of my friendship with Tim. I'm sorry for the loss you and your family have experienced. Tim spoke of Malachy often, and I am certain that the wonderful memories you have will fill your heart.
All the best,
Joseph

Panic Bear said...

Hi Jeanne,

I'm a friend of Tim's and just wanted to express my condolences on the passing of Malachy. I enjoyed hearing stories from Tim and know this must be so hard. Remember the good times and joy that Malachybrought into you life.
-- Ted

Jeanne said...

Thank you all so very much for your thoughtful words. Your kindness means more than you know.

sixclaws said...

*hugs you tight and doesn't let go*

labeartorycub said...

Hi Jeanne,

I'm a friend of Tim's from LiveJournal. My condolences to you and the family on Malachy's passing. I grew-up with a Golden Retriever-- they're such great dogs. May Malachy always be with you in Spirit as you remember what fond memories you have of him.
--- Mike (San Jose, CA)