I wrote this poem with my sweet Oscar, an eleven-year-old dog learning to live with blindness after losing his sight to diabetes. I’ve written poetry for decades, but this piece surprised me. I found it waiting, perched like a dove inside my soul until I could set it free. The words flew onto the paper with the effortlessness of feathered wings taking flight. Oscar and I hope you will enjoy it and find some comfort for your own journey.
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My old eyes can’t see you, Mommy
When you call me to your side,
But still I hear your loving smile
That the shadows cannot hide.
Leaning against your solid strength
While you softly kiss my head
Means more than ever to me now,
Always night where day has fled.
But when I sleep and when I dream,
I see you still beside me,
And when the dark is strange and loud,
Your heart hears my wordless plea.
And always you are there to guide,
Keep me safe and help me live,
To hear and taste and smell the joys
That an old dog’s world can give.
Oh Mommy, I still have your face
In that place our souls first met.
My eyes may dim and darkness fall,
But my love does not forget.
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