The following poem was written to help me work through the difficulties faced when I realized we would soon have to make the unfathomable decision that it was time to put to rest, our beloved 12 year old German Shepherd, Misty. The tears seemed never-ending ... she was my only "child."

This poem originally was published in Sad Poems

When Is It Time?
When is it time to say goodbye,
To all the love I've known,
When is it time to end your pain,
And leave me all alone?

I've watched you on your good days when
I feel your strength renewed;
But shortly after little ups,
The down days then ensue.

We ride this roller-coaster of
Emotions as we try,
To make it through another day,
And yet, I can't deny ...

That as I look into your face
On days that have been bad,
I see a look that beckons me
It's tired, and hurt, and sad.

The little spark I used to see
Behind those loving eyes,
Is growing ever clouded
By life's cruel inhumane side.

I try to see beyond the pain
You feel with every step;
And softly whisper to myself
This may get better yet.

If I can bear to watch you
Just another day or two;
I justify my reasons to
Ensure I cling to you.

For letting go is harder for
The person left behind;
It means that if I let you go,
I cannot turn back time.

Back to the days I long for now,
When you were full of life;
And every day held promise,
And our futures, clear and bright.

But now the lights are darkening ...
We take it daily now;
I cannot see our futures clear
Or think beyond this cloud.

I think the hardest part in this
Is never knowing why,
I have to be courageous
And I have to say goodbye.

For if I let myself admit
It's time to let you go;
I'd have to face reality
Without you ... but I know ...

That soon I have to face the
Final outcome that I dread,
And holding on will only serve
To hurt you in the end.

You've given such unselfish love
For all our time in life,
But if I hold too tightly,
You'll not move t'ward the light ...

On to a better life, where you
Can once again be free,
Of all the pain and discomfort
That holds you here to me.

So if I find the courage just to say
This last farewell,
I hope you will forgive me for
The time it took me; still ...

I'll hold with me, the memories
That in my heart remain,
Pray one day, down the road a'ways
... They'll lesson my own pain.

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  • james
    i love this poem it brought tears to my eyes
  • Lacy Jo
    very good. i guess that i just think that it is so good because it applies to the last relationship that i had with a person. i don't really know why it made me feel so sad, but it did a good job of it.
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  • sherry
    It made me cry. but its great!. Awesome job!
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  • Miranda
    wow. I was amazed by this poem because it reminded me of my relationship w/ a friend I have
  • crystal
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  • jamie
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  • Angie
    I really luved ur poem! My feelings exactly.
  • giselle
    The poem is really beautiful. It had touched my heart. Keep it up.
  • kiamesha
    hi , i loved this poem . and when my dog angel was going to be put down not to long ago i felt sad , like this poem . so thats why i loved this poem
  • courtney
    your poem truly got me i hope your ok. i know how it is to lose a loved one a close one at that too. Just keep your head up high she is with you in your heart, I know you can not see her but someday you will be with her again. Letting go was the smart thing to do
  • asr
    wow this is really good i think this is how eveyone feels it was so good it almost made me cry.
  • jennifer
    I read this poem and thought that all the feeling put into it made it beautiful. I would love to read more poetry by this person that has so much emotion behind his writing.
  • Mop
    Wow, this poem really touched me, I know how you feel, i had to put down my poodle, he was with me since i was a baby, i never thought about it until i had to do it, I still cry thinkng of him. you really have a talent, keep up the good work : )
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  • Shanelle
    This was AMAZING! i lost my german shepard kelly this janurary. and the last thing i did was tell her i love her. looked her in her eyes and said goodnight. And i miss all the times that ive had with her. amazing poem
  • ieshya
    very good poem i really loved it you a good poem writter
  • Richard
    that was nice
  • c
    This morning I googled the question "when is it time?" because my mother and I are faced with this question each day lately reagarding her loving dog Gracie who is about 16 years old. There are lots of Q and A pages out there, but I found the most comfort and truth is this poem; it seems that the answers that come from a place of love always speak to the heart. I'm sitting here in tears and know the time is soon. It's painful but hearing another voice looking for the strength helps. It's a beautiful poem. Thanks C
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