A faithful friend

A faithful friend

I only popped round for a cup of tea

but you were no longer there.

I knew you were going soon,

but I had not thought to be prepared.

Even though we knew that day would come,

Still, I was surprised that you had gone,

Your dog had sat watching by your side

A trusting guard, puzzled by the lonely night.

But now, his duty half forgotten

he looked accusingly at me.

His dinner bowl lay empty

Filled to its brim with memory.



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I only popped round for a cup of tea

but you were no longer there.

I knew you were going soon,

but I had not thought to be prepared.

I was quite surprised that you had gone,

though I always knew that day would come.

Your dog had sat watch by your side

 A hapless guard, puzzled by the lonely night.

But now, his duty half forgotten

he looked accusingly at me.

His dinner bowl lay empty

Filled to its brim with memory.

 

 

Notes:

Oup Zoom, submitted to MMU Poetry Society Anthology 2022