February 2, 2023


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A spade stands ready.

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So, we’ll watch and mind him in the hours,   

    ‘Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.’
      Rudyard  Kipling.


A spade now stands ready beside the shed;
such a cold January and he’s not yet dead.
He may be ill, he may have forgotten,
what a dog is trained to do, but he’s ours,
and he’s given us of his very best.
So, we shall watch and mind him in the hours,
to help him along to his long days rest;
and then, when all is remembered and said,
the spade will be ready beside the shed.



         (Bobby, Springer Spaniel)

             © D G Moody 2023   

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4 thoughts on “A spade stands ready.

  1. A fabulously emotive piece of poetry, Dougie. It is so heartfelt on your part that the reader should not fail to be moved from reading it. I am so sorry to hear about the situation with your loving and loyal friend. Blessings and love to you and yours, and of course Bobby.

  2. Thank you Allen. You’ll know that this poem dates (in it early form) from two years ago, when we expected then to loose him. But now it’s more likely, if the pain killers loose their efficacy.

  3. Very moving and emotional poem on my side. How we value things , people and pets in our lives tells so much about who we truly are from inside. This poem brings back memories from the past when i lost two dogs to diseases. Such a painful story and i understand how you felt when you wrote the poem.

    1. Thank you Kiula for your comments. And yes, the price we pay for having a loved pet is that they will most probably predecease us. Having said that, this is the second version of this poem and he’s still here.

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