I knelt beside you while the candle flared
and plumped a pillow underneath your head,
then rearranged your comfort blanket, spread
to warm your waning flame. I was prepared
to say farewell, when light grew faint. Your eyes
were closed in sleep, but flickered when I stroked
your weary head. I tried to speak, but choked
on sputtered words, awaiting your demise.
I kindled memories of youthful days --
our lives aglow with energetic zest.
The candle dimmed to soothe your soul to rest.
I said Goodbye and kissed you through a haze
of biting sorrow, for your spark had gone.
Your burnt out form remained; I blazed with grief.
The candle waned as tears gave some relief.
Outside the birds began to welcome dawn.
In Heaven’s Kennel you’re a dazzling star;
each year I reminisce by candle light
and feel the poignancy of loss ignite,
yet sense your shining essence from afar.