Ode to A Man's Best Friend
My Sweet, sweeter, sweetest companion,
You bring such meaning to my life!
The stir of the winter breeze carries your familiar
Scent to my breath and soothes my forlorn Heart.
Many have deceived me; perhaps more will
Turn away to seek new pastures.
Yet you are dependable and loyal, a benchmark of fidelity
And commitment, in these troubled times.
I wish I could cascade you with roses, instead I tell you
How much I Love you … how much you mean to me,
Over and over again, as your steadfast gaze, blend into
My Spirit, offering great solace and never seeming to wane.
These wintry nights, we lie in bed, you, never leaving my side.
Even when I’m answering the professional call of duty
On long painful days, you creep stealthily into my heart, like an
Ever-attentive lover, tending to my inner desires with excellent skills.
I don’t know when I last felt gratitude from anyone,
For although they seem to praise me and give me glowing after
Glowing reports, they become totally unforgiving,
At my slightest mistake.
But you, like a flame that never ceases to shine, are always
Beside me, in my sleeping and in my waking, bubbly with glee,
Constantly flapping your cuddly gift with valour;
Filling my soul with your vivacious stream of beauty.
Long were the nights when you knelt over my weary frame,
Tending to my inner loneliness, your sweet tongue licking at the
Spiders, spreading their tentacle-webs into my emotions.
But you carried the redolence of jasmines in your breath,
And the power of Love in your devotion, which lifted the mists
Of darkness in my core, as I lived to experience another golden sunrise.
No parting, my Bruno, my Queen, as this is a relationship of serious trust.
For you have more than lived up to the cliché, that a dog is a man’s best friend.
Manatita, The Lantern Carrier 30th November, 2019
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