Sunday, January 16, 2011

Requiem for a friend...a Magpie Tale

Sad notes floating around, dark elegant tones

Long chords…vibrating and profound.

Steps sounding firmly yet fading, walking away

Along with the wet shadow of our tears,

A bitter feeling of emptiness only filled by

The intensity of your memory left behind.

You decided when…you determined how

Your spirit was grand, hence your departure

honoring your character and equally grand

No suffering…no need for goodbyes.

Crossing other fields now you are

With that legendary attitude

The head up, your sway and style.

Marking other yards…touching other hearts.

Don’t be afraid, never look back…do not hesitate

Little by little we are going to be fine.

This is the end of your time with us

But certainly not your end…just a new start.

This is a Magpie tale - Mag 48 - for other Magpie tales click  Magpie Tales

For my one and only Verdell, our beloved friend for almost 12 years. May 10, 1999 - January 13, 2011


  1. oh so sorry for your loss...the loss of a pet is the same as losing family...

  2. heartfelt writing ~ and I'm so sorry

  3. Beautiful tribute to your dear Verdell.

  4. I know your pain. Verdell was a loyal, faithful companion. And so cute too. I know you'll miss him. And I think it's true too, that he walks in different paths now.

  5. OJ---I am so sorry for your loss. But where Verdell is now, he is getting treats many times a day (and doesn't gain any weight from them), he gets to chase bunnies and squirrels and gets to catch them (after all, this is heaven for dogs, not heaven for rabbits and squirrels), and there are many hands to pet him and many laps for him to snuggle into. And there are many canine friends---the loved ones we've lost before Verdell---that were waiting to greet him.

    Again, I'm so sorry...

  6. A heartfelt tribute. My condolences for the loss.

  7. oh no.... Verdell passed!!!! :(((((((( no.....

    (I needed to take time to breath)

    I found myself across the table from a psychic medium on Sunday. Her name was Ivory. She told me many amazing things... she confirmed that my son is not gone. I know this in my heart that this is true but I love hearing from him.

    The one thing that stood out the strongest was when she asked me if I buried my son with a shirt. "There is a shirt, you have a shirt of his that you wear. But...there is another shirt. Did you bury him with a shirt?" She asked with such question, that I knew it didn't make sense to her.

    My son's ashes are wrapped in his son's shirt. The shirt he wore the last time he saw his father alive. (tears)

    at the end of the reading, she told me that he is always near me... and that he is with his dog.

    How comforting that was to hear.....

    Verdell will wait for you.

  8. So sorry to hear you lost your puppy! :( Lovely poem you wrote for him too.

  9. Oh my dear one, my heart aches for you. Your Verdell reminds me of my Tasha. Special creatures that accompany our lives never leave, they just claim a special place in us.

    Sorry for your loss but that was a beautiful tribute.
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  10. This simply breaks my heart -- it's simply lovely and an achingly beautiful tribute.

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Having lost my furry friends in the past, I know it is a special, deep pain and sadness and my heart breaks for you.

  11. So beautifully written. I'm sorry to hear about Verdell. Pets are such remarkable family members. Each one touches our hearts in different ways.

  12. Olga:

    Todavía tengo la sensación de que Verdell era un miembro reciente de la familia, porque cuando te conocí era todavía pequeñito y la Diva era la "senior pet" que podía tirarse de panzazo sobre él. Lo increíble es justamente que ya hace diez años que somos amigos (grandes amigos, mejores amigos) y Verdell siempre estuvo ahí durante todo este tiempo. Nadie se va del todo, cuando sigue rondando rincones de nuestras memorias, de nuestros corazones.

    Te mando un abrazo muy grande.


  13. OJ, I'm so sorry to hear this! As you know, I just went through a similar Tiger-Gal...almost 14 years old. I do miss her and many times think I hear her in the house...flopping on her blanket/bed, letting out one of her heavy sighs when she was all settled....I'm sending you hugs...You know you can e-mail me, too, if you'd like to. xoxo

  14. Lo mejor de Verdell, su fidelidad y amor hacia tí permanecerán siempre contigo y te esperará paciente,así como esperaba que volvieras de tus viajes. Solo que el viaje para el que él te espera no tiene regreso,pero sí la felicidad eterna. Un abrazo comadre.


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