Thursday, February 7, 2013

Lend me a Pup

I have recieved some absolutely lovely cards from my friends all around the world. Today I recieved the following poem on a card from a wonderful who understands my pain too well. I read it several times, tears streaming down my face. Heartbreaking and touching, but so perfect. Thank you Tom.


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 12 or 14 years, or maybe for 2 or 3
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 fold that crowd life’s land
I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love
Nor think the labor vain,
nor hate me when I come to take 
my pup back again?

I fancied that I heard them say,
“Dear Lord, They 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

 Jack enjoying the snow. 12/28/2008

1 comment:

Max Mom said...

So touching and so beautiful, Sue! I send my love and comfort too. Remember, the memories of our companions are not lent to us - they are there for us to enjoy, forever...a gift of love that cannot be taken away...
With love