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Love is... posted by Vivi Steels (Remembering Lovely Mittens)

Posted on February 20, 2021 at 10:40 AM

Love is...


Love is putting your best friend to sleep

to end his suffering,

knowing that your suffering

is only just beginning...


Anonymous


Beautiful Mittens Christmas 2015


Pets come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new pet never replaces an old pet, it merely expands the heart.



Don't Leave Me by Vivi Steels


So this is the reason I am here –

this is what they do.


He was kind to me.

He examined my back legs.

I cried and tried to tell him.

She was holding me

and stroking my face,

tears dripping down onto my fur

like rain from leaves on the trees

in my beloved garden.


She signed a piece of white rustly paper,

then he gave me an injection.

I began to feel warm and fuzzy.

The pain in my legs began to recede.

She kept stroking me

and talking to me

but the only words I heard were

“Don’t leave me – I love you.

I’ve loved you every day for thirteen and a half years

and I don’t want to be without you.”

So this is what they do.


She bent over me and whispered.

I didn’t feel the second injection much,

but my beloved garden appeared,

sunlight rustling the leaves.

She was standing by my wooden bench

cuddling me in her arms

and I knew she’d never leave me…


© Vivien Steels

Published in ANIMAL ANTICS 2011 – Forward Press October 2010

 


Lovely Mittens on his beloved bench in the garden... 01.07.2006 - 19.12.2019








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