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BryonySeries Throwback Thursday: "The Power of the Dog," by Rudyard Kipling

Friday, August 31, 2012

"The Power of the Dog," by Rudyard Kipling

In Bryony, Melissa and her brother, Brian experience the loss of a dog. Nearly five years ago, I bade farewell to my only dog and very best four-footed friend. Several years ago, Sarah Stegal, Bryony's online administrator, lost her beloved Peenut. Today, a good friend says "goodbye" to his dog.

For anyone that has experienced the loss of a pet, this post is for you.

The dog is the only animal that has seen his god. ~Author Unknown

The Power of the Dog by Rudyard Kipling

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie--
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart to a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find--it's your own affair--
But ... you've given your heart to a dog to tear.
When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone--wherever it goes--for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.
We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-term loan is as bad as a long--
So why in--Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

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