Wednesday, May 23, 2007

When I am Old...

When I am old, I will wear soft gray sweatshirts
and a bandana over my silver hair
and I will spend my social security checks on wine and my dogs.

I will sit in my house on my well-worn chair
and listen to my dogs' breathing.
I will sneak out in the middle of a warm summer night
and take my dogs for a run, if my old bones will allow...

When people come to call, I will smile
and nod as I show them my dogs and talk of them and about them
the ones so beloved of the past
and the ones so beloved of today
I will still work hard cleaning after them,
mopping and feeding them and whispering their names
in a soft loving way.

I will wear the gleaming sweat on my throat,
like a jewel and I will be an embarrassment to all
especially my family who have not yet found
the peace in being free to have dogs as your best friends

These friends who always wait, at any hour, for your footfall
and eagerly jump to their feet out of a sound sleep,
to greet you as if you are a God.
With warm eyes
full of adoring love and hope that you will always stay,
I'll hug their big strong necks
I'll kiss their dear sweet heads
and whisper in their very special company.

I look in the Mirror and see I am getting old
this is the kind of person I am and have always been.
Loving dogs is easy, they are part of me.
Please accept me for who I am.
My dogs appreciate my presence in their lives
they love my presence in their lives
When I am old this will be important to me
you will understand when you are old if you have dogs to love too.
~ Author Unknown ~


Anonymous said...

Fabulous picture of Java...Princess and the Pea comes to mind!

I love Barney, and that picture is so him. He just cracks me up!

Great pictures, fun poem.


Velvet Sacks said...

Yea, I found you! What precious pets you have.

I'm glad to find something new to read, and look forward to coming again soon when I have time to read some back posts.

The poem is great.