The Joy I’m Without

I walked with Colby,

 he never walked with me


His spirit to guide us,

 his love in the lead


We circled the globe

 a time and a half


His tail was my compass

 to guide us steadfast


In all kinds of weather

 we stuck to the trail


Under sunshine and rain

 our forays prevailed


In May of last year

 he collapsed on our walk


And with valor he tried

 but his body would balk


Its been downhill since then

 with him not knowing why


The knowing inside me

 his neuropathy slide


I knew it was coming

 as he struggled to stay


And he fought till the end

 on this very sad day


As I looked in his eyes

 for the last final time


Willing to give up my life

 for his health to revive


The fates were against us

 his clock had run out


The pain in his parting

 —the joy I’m without


(Villanova Pennsylvania: November 9th, 2018)

 ‘Today, I lost The Best Friend I Ever Had’




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