On the anniversary of the passing of our beloved 12 year old German Shepherd, the pain of remembrance was brought back in full force. The raw emotions resurfaced at that time, to pen this poem:

In fond remembrance of Misty; Feb. 23, 1988 - May 10, 1999

This poem originally was published in Sad Poems - Poems about Death

Barren (02/23/88-05/10/99)
Upon this day I reminisce
With sadness and regret
The loss of my beloved
Special "child" who was my pet.

It's been a year of longing
Wishing you'd return to me ...
For though you left one year ago,
I cannot "set you free".

Though time has made it easier,
To go from day to day ...
No one can understand the
"Special" role your life did play.

For every day you were a part,
Of love and joy and life ...
You had a way that focussed me
And lessened daily strife.

I'd hurry home to see your face,
Behind that window pane;
Where wiggles, hugs and cuddles
Brightened up the worst of days.

And now I sit, with eyes tear filled,
You are not by my side;
And when I see the window,
It is bare and bleak inside.

Emotions, they are raw today,
I'm simply torn apart ...
For hollow, wrenching feelings
Tear apart this very heart.

An emptiness, that's deeper than
The oceans ... fill my soul;
A painful hunger bites my
Inner self beyond control.

For though time healed the daily wounds
I wore upon my sleeve,
I shelter from the world outside
Just what you meant to me.

No children was I blessed to have,
My womb was barren ... yet,
You filled the void my darling one,
My sweet and lovely pet.

To me, you were more human
Than some others I have known ...
You gave such love and tenderness;
T'was deep within your soul.

Now spring is here, and little things
We loved now cause me harm ...
The walks we'd take around the yard
No longer hold their charm.

We're packing just to get away,
And leave this home we've lived ...
For without you to share this with,
I get no joy from it.

I see you as I turn each step,
I watch for you each day ...
Oh little one, I miss you so,
... Much more than words can say.

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  • nikki
    i loved ur poem. I 2 have a daog ICY n I luv him more than ne1 in dis world,so i can perfectly understand how u must be feeling. BUT you should not feel sad n remember the days dat u spend with it. Remember ur dog is watching you n maybe crying because you are sad.
  • Ben
    Well, i lost a son. a man recommended me this site, he told me it included beautiful poetry. and it really is beautiful. this poem reminded me of my little baby son, who was ran over by a truck, we were playing in the front yard. i looked away for 5 seconds. looked back and he was in the middle of the street, 1 second later i lost my son.
  • Julie
    This poem touched my heart deeply.
  • why?
    this poem reminds me of the memories i had with my pets. THe painful day i arrived home only to realise that i didn't have her anymore with me. I lost part of my life that day. Being a part of almost everything i do at home, it was hard to move on. it's been 3 years now, and im still trying to move on, to no avail. This poem touched me deeply, as you read it, you're able to feel the mental and emotional torture this person goes through. Well, it's part and parcel of life. So to all those who lost loved ones, remember its a part of life. God bless!
  • Caitey
    I have been through this loss before and the author of this poem has captured all of the pain and written it out beautifully.
  • vicki
  • sylvia
    i i love my little dogs too . really liked this poem .
  • tash
    WOW. that was excelent:)well done kit! that made me cry( lol welll done. love Miss-Tash.
  • Shakuntala
    Its the best poem, sad and carry very deep meaning for the lost. It makes me cry every time I read it.
  • T
    Today would have been Jespah's 14th birthday. She has been gone 18 months.
  • allanah
    I no what it feels like to loss someone thats really close to you i lost a bestfriend he was the most amazing person anyone will ever meet i lovee him with so much of my heart and nowing that his gone gets harder n harder each and ever day i miss you & lovee you cameron awesome poem xxx. Allanah
  • Marieke
    I am a dutch woman, It was a beautiful poem. I lost my dog 4 years ago. this poem says what my heart feels marieke thank you
  • janet
    Hi Barren, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your pet. Though people doen't realize a pet is like family and a MEMBER of it! I had 2 cats named Tabby and Charley they will be 10 in June. I always made them a small cake. I reciently hada stroke in Jan. of 2006. I am still struggling to walk, but at least I can because of a AWESOME physical thrrapist! So I am greatful in a lot of ways, but then my family member got rid of my cats who I called them my "KIDS". I don't think I can ever forgive this . I HURT I'm in PAIN without my loved ones those like you use to look for me out the window, and gave me much enjoyment. I pray for all animals everyday where ever they may be. Jan
  • Alisha
    This poem really touched me because i have no children either and i lost my first dog. I was so lonely that a while later i got another puppy. im now so attached to this dog im scared to lose her. People dont take me serious but this dog showed me how to love something and to feel needed by something.
  • Misty
    I love your poem but i'm sry u lost a loved one i know how u feel. I lost plenty of loved ones. You have written a good poem and i hope many more to come.
  • norena
    this poem touched me cause ive lost mi fav dog in the world n i know what it feels like
  • makesha
    This is a very sad poem but i can relate my pet just died about a year ago and i still cant forget about her and how much she ment to me i can still feel her soft fur rubing against my face! I LOVED THE POEM!
  • nyna
    i have here a dying puppy in my hands right now, as i read this poem i feel like asking how, how come it had to be this one and why was it me, why was he the one here alone sitting next to me
  • Tamara
    I like your poem real well.
  • Angie
    this poem touched my heart because i too losty a special friend so it reminds me of this friend
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