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Thread: For those gone~ a Poem~ tear jerker

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    A Place For Us
    I know what you're thinking.
    You think I'm dead. Because you cannot see
    me with your human eye, cannot feel me,
    with your hands or hold me in your arms.
    You think I am gone forever.
    You recall how I looked when I left this place
    and you cannot remotely imagine that I could
    possibly be alive in another place.
    You are racked and torn by the pain of our
    separation and it blinds you to that
    which is right in front of you ... me.

    How many times since I left your immediate
    sight have you been told that I'm dead
    and you should "get over it"...
    How many times have you cried yourself to sleep
    because you feel like an outcast,
    believing you're supposed to get over me because
    that's what people say is normal...
    but somehow you can't and no one seems to understand?
    How many times have you put yourself through
    such excruciating pain because you aren't
    willing to consider that I am not, by any means, dead.

    I want you to do me a favor and go back in time with me.
    Remember the glorious day I came into your home-
    was I not the most intriguing creature you'd ever met?
    Did I not make you laugh and giggle?
    Did I not look at you with such adoration that you
    wanted nothing more than to spend the rest
    of your life with me? I wanted this too.
    Remember the days when I was in my prime and
    we did many things together. You were so proud of me!
    I was a good friend and I took care of you
    when you cried, were angry or felt down and unhappy.
    When you didn't have a lot of time for me
    because of your obligations, I waited patiently for you.
    I was always there when you needed me.
    Did I not look at you with such acceptance and patience
    that at times you felt perhaps a bit unworthy?
    You were never unworthy in my eyes.
    Remember when age crept up on me, my bones became
    stiff and my movements slower.
    Still I met you at the door when you came home
    and followed you around the house.
    We'd been together for so long,
    I was your very best friend regardless of what you
    were doing, saying, thinking. Did I not look at you
    with such kindness and understanding that you felt
    overwhelmed? I couldn't get enough of you.
    Remember the last time we saw each other with
    earthly eyes? You tried to be brave but I knew
    you were crying ...

    I know you so well. Better than anyone else
    in the whole world.
    Did I not look at you with such pure trust and love
    that you yearned only to hold me close
    and keep me with you always?
    Did you not promise that you would love me forever?
    I believed you. If this is so then why have you let me go
    by thinking I no longer exist?
    Remember the depth in my eyes all those times
    I looked at you with adoration, acceptance,
    patience, trust and love.
    Who created this depth and love?
    Would the Creator diminish the song of our laughter
    which was created in the name of love?
    I am no longer an earthly figure, this is true.
    My body was only part of who I really am.
    My body would have been but a mere shell on earth
    if it were not filled to overflowing with my soul,
    my spirit, my loving light.

    When we met you thought I was cute, sweet, pretty
    and adorable. But what kind of relationship would
    we have had if this is all that I'd been?
    How could you have loved me if I'd had no spiritual
    substance? We are all made up of energy which
    resides far deep down inside of us, it is our core,
    our soul, spirit and loving light.
    It is the energy that is all of life ...
    it has no beginning,
    it has no end. It simply is and always will be
    and without it there is no life.
    You can't see it with the naked eye
    nor can you hold it in your hand,
    it is simply a certain knowing that this energy does exist.
    It's a knowing just as you know
    that our love existed on earth -
    you couldn't see our love in a solid sense,
    you couldn't gather it all up and confine it to one place.
    But you *knew* it existed.
    There was no doubt in your mind.

    They demand you get over me, insisting that I'm dead
    and you'll never see me again
    because animals don't go to Heaven.
    Oh really? I'm here to tell you different.
    You were worthy of my love and undying devotion
    on earth as I was of yours.
    Do you really believe this love would be
    snatched from us *forever* by a loving Creator
    simply because I wasn't human? Was I not a living,
    breathing creation with personality?
    How could I have been so if I didn't possess
    the energy of soul, spirit and loving light?
    And if this energy is and always will be,
    then how can it be that I am dead?
    If my core is not of the energy that is all of life
    then I was never alive to begin with.
    But you know better. You cry because you miss me,
    this I understand. I miss you too -
    I miss the belly rubs, hugs and kisses that we shared.
    But life does go on beyond these wonderful,
    fulfilling physical connections.

    I came to this place to live a whole new life,
    not because I didn't love you anymore
    or because I wanted something better.
    I came here because it was time for me to go
    to the next phase of my existance,
    something all living creatures must do eventually.
    It is the normal progression of life.
    I was not taken away from you because you cannot
    take away that which was never owned.
    My presence in your life was and is a gift
    to be cherished and honored
    just as I cherish and honor you.
    Life is not simply about being born into a body,
    living a certain number of years and then dying.
    Energy cannot die. We are blessed with time in a body
    so that we can learn, share and grow.
    It prepares us for the next phase of our eternal life.
    The body holds within it the true life force
    of our existance...our soul, spirit and loving light.
    Without these our bodies would be empty, blank,
    void of feeling and expression.
    Without our energy we would indeed be dead
    and could never have experienced our love for each other.
    You say that all you have left are memories.
    Not so.

    You see, when I took leave of my earthly body
    I left a little something behind for you.
    You can't touch it, hold it or examine it.
    For what I left behind
    is far too uninhibited for confinement.
    I left behind a piece of my soul.
    I placed it right next to your own which is quite fitting
    as we were always side by side in our earthly life together.
    I love you too much to have left you with nothing but
    memories which tend to fade and
    grow cloudy as the years go by.
    I love you too much to have vanished without a trace.
    How selfish it would be of me to remove love
    and light from your life.
    I understand your tears, each one you shed is testament
    to your love for me and I am honored and humbled.

    But don't forget the good things we shared -
    remember and smile. This is an honor for me as well.
    And when you need me I will be here.
    Close your eyes, relax, take slow, deep breaths
    and picture me in your mind. Shut off the world and
    your notions of what death is and give me a chance.
    Look for the subtle signs I send you.
    Don't stop being proud of me, I am a friend to be proud of,
    I am still your friend and soul mate.
    Don't memorialize the death of my body
    but instead honor and celebrate my never-ending life
    for it is eternal and forever as is my love for you.
    Until we meet again...

    Written by...Terri Onorato
    A Good Attitude is like Kudzu~ It spreads quickly and never stops growing.......

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    Very nice! A definite keeper.
    Mary-owned by Maya, Scout, Jazz and Sassy
    Annie at the bridge 3/13
    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance......

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    Here I am crying and avi is laughing calling me a baby@@!

    That is a wonderful poem. It makes me think of my baby who's passed, Xena , and also reminds me that I need to make the best out of every moment possible with my Kosmo. I love him so much - he ownes both avi and I. We cannot even fathom how we got through almost 2 years together without him!! He's the center of our universe. Isnt it true how a piece of their spirit is somehow embedded in you and you'll no longer be the same person because of it? I never looked at it exactly that way, but I know I am not the same person I was before being blessed with Xena and Kosmo. Every day I think God for his blessings. I love my little fur babies !!

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    Beautiful words, so very close to home.

    Alison, wilts, U.K.

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    Thank you for sharing. It helps as you think of the ones who are at the bridge waiting for us. They always say that dog is God spelt backwards.
    Julie and the girls

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    Thank you so much for sharing that poem - I am cuddling my little Bailey and squeezing him so hard!!! They bring so much to our lives and it would be empty without my baby - I also lost my Dad recently and I have no children yet but my baby Bailey met and played with my Dad many times and he will always be my first! The poem really touched me and has given me the strength to keep going and keep my Dad's memory alive. There is a reason why i looked at that message - It is Dad's way of letting me know that he is ok!!

    Thank you again x

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    That's lovely and now I'm sitting here in tears

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    Oh that's so beautiful...

    What a very special person Terri must be to be able to express what we are feeling...but haven't the talent to communicate.

    Thank you for sharing this with us.
    Nicki, Tommy and Daisy (Shih Tzu )
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