Thanks to our special friend, Deb Orwig
nor speak of me with tears,
but laugh and talk of me
as if I were beside you
I loved you so
’twas Heaven here with you.”
It was a beautiful day in the mountains
Fresh snow lay cool on the forest floor
Giant Sequoias pierced the winter blue
The trip was all we had hoped for, and more
As we drove down the mountain highway
and your Golden form came into view
pacing determinedly on the inner shoulder
it was so unexpected, this vision of you
A purposeful air to your quickening stride
You paced onward as our van drew near
Away from homes, far from a safe path
You were a sight, heartbreakingly dear
What were you doing out there by yourself?
I could find no answer that eased my dread
Had you been abandoned? Were you lost?
Fear for your safety screamed in my head
Please stop the car and turn around I pled
as we had passed him, continuing our drive
Poor thing must surely be lost or worse
chances were he would not long stay alive
Could you tell? Was he wearing a collar?
Please go back to him, stop, and let’s see
He may have tags with his name, a number to call
If he were my dog, wouldn’t you do that for me?
Besides, it’s not safe to leave him out there
It’s getting dark, he won’t be as easy to see
There’s room in the van, we can bring him inside
Please! He’s alone and not where he should be.
But to my rising horror our pace didn’t slow down
My words had fallen on closed hearts and deaf ears
I looked back and saw him as he rounded the bend
My spirit in sorrow, my eyes filled with tears
Feeling angry, now, I knew, would not help him, so
I turned back as the beauty around me rushed by
It was so clear that the Retriever was searching…
for something only he could see in his mind’s eye
I prayed, “Please, God, don’t leave him alone.
Lead him to shelter, a safe harbor for the night.
Guide him to his loved ones. If not, to a new home.
I’m sorry we didn’t stop, Lord. Please make it right.”
His striding form played again in my head
but this time the Golden was not alone
for with every step his paws did tread
a pair of angel’s feet kept pace…
to lead the Golden home.
Copyright 2004 by Kathy Anne Harris
When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry, the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things, we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand.
And said my place was ready, In heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,
Even though I knew I would always watch you from the sky.
I had so much to live for, so much yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible, that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday just even for awhile,
I’d say goodbye and kiss you just to make you smile.
But then I fully realized that this could never be,
For only remaining love would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heavens’ gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne.
He said, “This is eternity, and all I’ve promised you.”
Today for life on earth is past, but here it starts anew.
So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me, I’m right here, in your heart.