A Life Shared With Animals

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 - Prompt 408
"I Wish I Had Written That"

"How many times have I said, “I wish I’d written that!” Countless for sure. This week, use a line or two (or more) from a poem you wish you had written. Quote the line(s), credit the author, and then let your own words flow."

"Do more people die asleep or awake?
I live strongly in the memories of my dead dogs."
    ~Jim Harrison~

People wish to die
in their sleep.  Is
it because they think
they won't know?  I have
a collage of all the 
animals it has been
my pleasure to live with.
They gave me such joy,
each with a unique
character.  If all my
memories were of those
dogs and cats, 
there would be no room
for sorrow, just a
wistful wish–a hope–that
they did not experience
suffering, because
I cared enough
not to wait too long.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to A Life Shared With Animals

  1. Nan Mykel says:

    Pardon my ignorance, but what comes next: “too long to euthanize?”


  2. Misky says:

    This is so perfect.


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