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    The Faithful Dog

    Although this is in my personal section on ES, I thought it could also be entered here. Ranald

    For eight months Rabindranath Tagore lived an invalid existance at Santiniketan.
    A local pariah dog became a welcome visitor and inspired this poem, written in December 1940.

    Every day in the early morning this faithful dog
    Sits quietly beside my chair
    For as long as I do not acknowkedge his presence
    By the touch of my hand.

    The moment he receives this recognition,
    Waves of happiness leap through his body.
    In the inarticulate animal world
    Only this creature
    Has pierced through good and bad and seen
    Complete man.

    He has seen him for whom
    Life may be joyfully given,
    That the free outpouring of love
    Whose conscieousness points the way
    To the realm of infinite consciousness

    When I see the dumb heart
    Revealing its own humility
    Through total self-surrender,
    I feel unequal to the worth
    His simple perception has found in the nature of man,
    The wistful anxiety in his mute gaze
    Understands something he cannot explain:
    It directs me to the true meaning of man in the universe.

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    Re: The Faithful Dog

    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 "good-night, God bless, I'll 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.

    - Author unknown


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    The Last Battle
    If it should be that I grow frail and weak,

    And pain should keep me from my sleep,

    Then will you do what must be done,

    For this, the last battle, can't be won.



    You will be sad I understand,

    But don't let grief then stay your hand,

    For on this day, more than the rest,

    Your love and friendship must stand the test.



    We have had so many happy years,

    You wouldn't want me to suffer so.

    When the time comes, please, let me go.


    Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,

    Only, stay with me till the end



    And hold me firm and speak to me,

    Until my eyes no longer see.

    I know in time you will agree,

    It is a kindness you do to me.


    Although my tail its last has waved,

    From pain and suffering I have been saved.



    Don't grieve that it must be you,

    Who has to decide this thing to do;

    We've been so close,we two, these years,

    Don't let your heart hold any tears.




    Author Unknown


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    Re: The Faithful Dog

    I seldom click the "like" thingmie and I know I should, far more often than I do. "Standing by your bed" is deserving, much appreciated and I have done a few forwards...read it more than once annaw.

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