The Power of a Dog

Richard AtchesonRichard Atcheson Northern USAPosts: 3,570Member
The Power of a Dog There is sorrow enough in the natural way From men and women to fill our day; and when we are certain of sorrow in store, Why do we always arrange for more? Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware Of giving your heart to a dog to tear. Buy a pup and your money will buy Love unflinching that cannot lie- Perfect passion and worship fed By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head. Nevertheless it is hardly fair To risk your heart for a dog to tear When the fourteen years which Nature permits Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits, And the vet's unspoken prescription runs To lethal chambers or loaded guns, Then you will find - it's your own affair- But... you've given your heart to a dog to tear. When the body that lived at your single will, With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!) When the spirit that answered your every mood Is gone - wherever it goes - for good, You will discover how much you care, And will give your heart to a dog to tear. We've sorrow enough in the natural way, When it comes to burying Christian Clay. Our loves are not given, but only lent, At compound interest of cent per cent. Though it is not always the case, I believe, That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve: For, when debts are payable, right or wrong, A short time loan is as bad as a long- So why in - Heaven (before we are there) Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear? Rudyard Kipling.


  • Eddy DorrEddy Dorr Pompano BeachPosts: 71Member
    edited 14 January, 2010
    14 years which Nature permits - yes Cisco gave me those. He lived as long as he could. I did not give him my heart to tear, but rather he took it. He did not tear it, he helped to mend it. Dogs teach us how to love unconditionally. Luckily for us there is no shortage of dogs. I now have an entire pack of dogs and cats. I will always remember my Cisco with joy. Kipling probably should have gotten another dog I think. :-k
  • Sandra StewartSandra Stewart Brookhaven, MSPosts: 2,804Member
    edited 1 February, 2010
    That was such a meaningful writing. Mom needs more tissue--just not the roll Sallie Mae ate.
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