“…love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” – Kabil Gibran

It has been a long day –
a day of grief.
I wonder –
do our dead pets care where they are buried?
do they care that we don’t bury them under
the rose bush where they spent their days?
do they care that we don’t bury them
under the free stars in the field
where they ran daily?
do they care that we don’t bury
them by the oceans or in the forests,
or scatter their ashes in the garden
or keep their ashes in an urn?
I have pondered these questions today,
as we lay my mother-in-law’s faithful dog
to rest by the creek he loved to splash in,
does he care?

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sanaarizvi
    Jul 23, 2019 @ 10:51:43

    This is so poignant. I am so sorry for your loss, Toni. 😥


  2. robtkistner
    Jul 23, 2019 @ 14:22:31

    The loss of a pet is the loss of a loved one, a friend — and painful as hell. They come into our lives for such a short time it seems, relative to our likely lifespan. But they bring a profound devotion. We have a Terrier named Stanley who will be leaving soon. Not looking forward to it. So sorry Toni for your heartache!


  3. anmol(alias HA)
    Jul 23, 2019 @ 14:57:51

    So sorry for the loss, Toni! I would like to believe that they care for the love shared and the years spent together.


    Jul 23, 2019 @ 16:09:35

    I love imaging the dog in all those places. I think we care.


  5. Charmed Chaos
    Jul 23, 2019 @ 18:07:35

    I do believe they care, for they love us so deeply. I am so saddened by your loss Toni.


  6. kim881
    Jul 24, 2019 @ 03:57:19

    This poem broke my heart and reminded me of the pets we have lost. One of our cats, Max, is buried under the willow tree, where he loved to sit. Sometimes I sit there with him. I have Jasper the dog’s and fabulous feline Tosca’s ashes in carved boxes.


  7. thotpurge
    Jul 24, 2019 @ 09:14:46

    Sorry for your loss, Toni. Those left behind care…and remember the love… so it does matter.


  8. Kerry
    Jul 24, 2019 @ 09:38:49

    I have both the ashes and the bones of my beloved pets buried in special places in my garden. I care.


    • kanzensakura
      Jul 24, 2019 @ 14:08:51

      And it is enough that we care. When I interred my mother’s ashes in her mother’s grave, I also interred the ashes of her three last, most beloved cats with her.


  9. Susie Clevenger
    Jul 24, 2019 @ 17:38:01

    I don’t think they care. The spirit can go where it wishes. I think it is us that struggle where death will sleep.


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