"Old Shelter Dog" Poem (from the "A Lover in the Land of Hell" Spiritual Poetry Book)
In honor of the emotional Full Moon/ Mercury Retrograde that has taken place this week I present to you the poem "Old Shelter Dog" from the "A Lover in the Land of Hell" Spiritual Poetry Book...
My owner dropped me off here
He left me in this cage
I lived with him for many years
until I grew sick and aged
I thought he really loved me
and I’d be with him all my life
but here I am in this cold shelter cage
so now I’m thinking twice
At night when all the lights go out
I hear the painful cries
of all the animals left in here
Perhaps they’re left to die?
I dare to hope my owner returns
to take me home again
but as the days go by and by
my hope diminishes
Sometimes I feel awfully scared
sad and all alone
I wish I could feel loved again
I wish I could go home
People visit here everyday
yet they hardly look at me
I bark and beg, make eye contact
but I’m too old for them to see
I try to stay optimistic though
thinking of the good ‘ol days
when I was just a young pup
not set in my old ways
I remember taking lovely walks
and running on the grass
I remember happy squeaky toys
eating yummy food real fast
I remember snuggling closely
as my owner rubbed my face
Sniffing butts when at the dog park
running through the gate
Lying peacefully by the window
as the sun would warm my fur
or in my big soft doggy bed
that’s where I would prefer
Getting tasty chicken treats
when I was a good boy
Playing fetch endlessly
with my favorite toy
Alas, all my joy is gone
my good days have come to an end
ever since I was abandoned here
by my very own best friend
Maybe I wasn’t a real good dog?
Maybe I did something wrong?
Perhaps I made my owner mad
Was my barking a little too strong?
Did I not cuddle up to you
as much as you might like?
Running to the door with joy
when you came home at night
I gave you all the love
and affection that I could
Perhaps it all was not enough
I’m sorry I misunderstood
I wish I knew what I did wrong
to end up in this place
I wish you would come back to me
just want to see your face
But as the days keep moving by
my grief becomes too much
I start to wish this all would end
I no longer crave your touch
The people, they pass by my cage
but I don’t see them anymore
I’ve lost my will to live
so I just lie here on the floor
But then one day my cage door opened
Am I adopted? Am I free?
They walked me to a cold sad room...
That’s where they euthanized me
*** If you have room in your home (and in your heart) for a new best friend/ fur baby, please consider adopting an older dog or cat from your local animal shelter... These elderly animals need you more than ever! If you are not ready to adopt then please consider volunteering at your local animal shelter and/or making a donation! Every positive caring action creates a rippling effect in the universe! Be the good you wish to see in this world! You have the power to make a positive difference!
Jennie H is a Reiki Master Energy Healer, Co-Founder of Self Saviorz Society California Non-Profit 501(c)(3), Poet, Author and Entertainer with goals to help raise the vibration and consciousness of humanity!