poem for Jack

Shawn L. Bird

This poem was sent to me by my father-in-law, following the notice about Dusty’s euthanasia today.  It’s so lovely I thought I’d share it with you.  The author, Christopher Tatchell Winter, was my husbands 2X great grandfather.  I will check, but I believe it would have been written around 1900. (Ignore the way WordPress mangled the spacing in the first stanza).

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Dear, dear little Jack, my companion & friend

Few now are my years, soon cometh the end

And I thought to have had you until I depart
But no more will I lessen the pain of my     heart

My dear little dog, so faithful & true
I never shall know another like you
Much that passes for love may be but a
cheat
But your love was constant & full & complete

No more will you meet me & run half a mile
To leap in…

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