I got some really good news in the post today, one of my poems ‘Best Friend’, has been selected to appear in a new poetry book ‘Painting with Words’, soon to be published. The book will be available in all good bookshops worldwide and will be kept in the British Library and in other libraries across the UK. I am even more so delighted because of what the poem is about and its heartfelt significance. My mum’s dog, Ben, sadly lost its life to cancer this year, mum had Ben for over 14 years and she got him immediately after my dad had died of cancer. When my siblings and I flew the nest, Ben was the greatest comfort to my mum, both of them went everywhere together. The passing of Ben was extremely painful for my mum and she asked me if I would write a poem about him – this poem ‘Best Friend’, is the poem that will be published in the book and I have dedicated it to my mum and Ben. This is the poem ‘Best Friend’ below:
My life filled with sadness, when you had to go
I held off and held off, but the pain was starting to show.
I loved you so much, you were my best friend
The best of companions, until the very end.
I look at your photos, from the early days
I remember your vitality, your boisterous ways.
Full of energy, you gave life everything
A gentle giant and protection you did bring.
I’m no longer sad, I’m happy it’s true
I know you are safe and the angels have you.
I still feel your presence, in a strange kind of way
Like you’re watching over me, every single day.
Our bond was so rare, you gave me comfort when I was low
Your eyes had such a sparkle, a special kind of glow.
And when we were together, everyone could see
This was a partnership, that was always meant to be.
I will always love you, nothing will take your place
In my heart is your spirit, and in my mind your loving face.
This experience has made me stronger, and good things will come from this
But one thing is for sure, I’m not replacing you with a goldfish.
Specially dedicated to my wonderful Mum and Ben, I love you.
poemsbyclarabelle, 25 February 2012
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