I Haven't Left At All
I saw you gently weeping
as you looked through photographs
You paused for just a moment at one that made you laugh;
But as you turned more pages
the tears began to flow
You whispered that you missed me but I want you to know;
I softly licked those stinging tears
that down your cheeks did fall
I want to help you understand I haven't left at all.
On those days that you are overcome
with sorrow, pain and grief
I rest my head upon your leg to offer some relief.
When you take our walking path I've seen
you turn around
Because I know you surely heard my paws upon the ground.
At night while you are sleeping I snuggle
at your side
You stroke my fur as you touch that place where I used to lie.
You said it’s just your heart playing
tricks upon your mind
But rest assured I'm really there, my spirit’s left behind.
I know your heart is hurting;
it’s like an open sore
You think my life has ended and you won't see me anymore.
But for those of us bound tight
by love, death is not the curtain call;
It’s really the eternal beginning that waits for us all
So, dear Master
as you live your life I patiently await
For us to be together when you pass through Heaven’s gate.
Memory Smokey Bolt 8-17-2011
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there,
I do not sleep,
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
am the gentle Autumn's rain
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not