I stood by your bed last night…

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.

I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.

I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you, that I’m not lying there.

I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said “it’s me.”

You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.

It’s possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.”

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew …in the
stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.

The day is over… I smile and watch you yawning
and say “goodnight, I will see you in the morning.”

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side.

I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out … then come home to be with me.

End

This moving poem by an unknown author is reproduced here, thanks again to ‘A Doggie Bloggie’ at
http://myrescuedogrescuedme.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/i-stood-by-your-bed-last-night/.

Update (28th Aug 13): Fortunately now it is known to me who wrote this poignant piece – it’s by Colleen Fitzsimmons in memory of her dear Shadow. Thanks, Colleen, for letting me know.

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11 Responses to I stood by your bed last night…

  1. colleen fitzsimmons says:

    I was the one who wrote this poem in 2004 for my 1st weimaraner Shadow it’s on her dogster page, my fb notes & her memorial page

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    • tskraghu says:

      Such a beautiful piece, my friend and it is even nicer to connect up with the original author. Pls accept my apologies for not crediting to you for so long. .

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      • colleen fitzsimmons says:

        It’s been shared around the world many times , thank you for sharing again it keep’s my Shadow alive in many hearts ❤
        Missing You

        I stood by your bed last night …I came to have a peep.

        I could see that you'd been crying,and you found it hard to sleep.

        I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear, "It's me. I haven't left you. I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here".

        I was close to you at breakfast… I watched you pour your tea.

        You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to touch me.

        I was with you at my grave today… you tend to it with such care.

        I want to reassure you. That I'm not lying there.

        I walked you towards the house as you fumbled for the key.

        I gently put my paw on you…I smiled and said, "it's me".

        You looked so tired as you sank into your chair.

        I tried so hard to let you know that I was sitting there.

        It's wonderful for me to be so near you everyday,

        To say to you with certainty, "I never went away".

        You sat there quietly, then smiled… I think you knew

        That in the stillness of the evening I was very close to you.

        And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,

        I'll rush across to meet you and we'll stand there side by side.

        I have so many things to show you ! There's so much for you to see.

        Be patient, live your journey out, then come home to be with me.

        By: Colleen Fitzsimmons

        In memory of Shadow

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      • tskraghu says:

        Thank you, Colleen, I’m updating the post.

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  2. Johnny Ashcroft says:

    This is one of the most moving things I have ever seen. It is so beautiful

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  3. marjeldard says:

    Truly lovely…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. oldpoet56 says:

    Very beautiful piece of work sir, thank you for posting it.

    Liked by 1 person

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