Poems - In Memory

Hallowed Be Thy Name

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the gentle autumn's rain. 

When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled light.
I am the soft stars that shine at night. 

Do not stand on my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

An Indian prayer

Memories of you

I’ve cried and cried a million tears.
Remembering these last good years.
They say memories are forever, maybe that is true.
Although I have my memories, what I really want is you.
In life I loved you dearly, in death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place, no other dog shall fill.
If tears could build a stairway and heartache make a lane.
I'd walk the path to Heaven and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us back one by one, the chain will link again.

Author Unknown of Original version


When God had made the earth and sky,
the flowers and the trees,
He then made all the animals
the fish, the birds and bees
And when at last He'd finished
not one was quite the same.
He said I'll walk this world of mine
and give each one a name.
And so He traveled far and wide
and everywhere He went,
a little creature followed Him
until its strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth
and in the Sky and Sea,
the little creature said "Dear Lord,
there's no name left for me."
Kindly the Father said to him
"I've left you to the end.
I've turned my own name back to front
And called you DOG, my friend".

Author Unknown

A Prayer for a Wee Dog

We do not  feel your soft face against our cheek
or the warmth of your body as you sleep at our feet,

You gave love to us that no man can measure
but We alone know that you were a precious treasure,

God grant you a place by his side dear friend
as we walk along the path of life till one day again,

We feel your soft face upon our Cheek
and the warmth of your body as you sleep at our feet.

Author:  Heather Veitch

To My Loved Ones

When I'm gone, release me, let me go, you must.
I have so many things to see and do.
You must not tie yourself to me in tears;
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love, you can only guess,
How much you gave me in happiness.
I thank-you for the love you each have shown.
But now it's time I travel on.
So grieve for me awhile, if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart.
I won't be far away for life goes on,
So if you need me call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me I'll be near,
If you listen with your heart you will feel,
All my love around you soft and clear.
Then when it's your time to come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say,
"Welcome Home."

Author Unknown


Old dog in a locket
That lays next to my heart
I will always love you
As I did right from the start.

You were right beside me
Through the darkest of my days
It was your kind and gentle nature
That made me want to stay.

Now I hold you in my arms
Your breath still warm against my hand
Our hearts still beat together
And I wonder if you understand.

Through the hours that I held you
Before the light did leave your soul
I knew a way to keep you
Forever in my hold.

I snipped the hair from around your eyes
So I would always see
The beauty that surrounds me
Even in times of need.

I snipped the hair from around your ears
So I would always hear
Music in the distance
To quiet any fears.

I snipped the hair from across your back
To bring me strength in time of need
And that the power of your essence
Would always be with me.

I snipped the hair from around your heart
That beat in time with mine
So love would know to find me
At some other distant time.

And so, your life slipped out of mine
On a quiet spring like day
But I knew that a part of you
Was always here to stay.

Old dog in a locket
That lays next to my heart
I will always love you
Even though we had to part.

By Bobbie Hefner (Swiss Star Farms) in memory of their dog.

My Beloved Mother

She conceived me in love

Gave me my life

And always tried hard

To save me from strife


She gave me her love

Bade always speak true

And all goodness in life

Will watch after you


I left her sweet home

To live far away

Though she grieved so

Never begged me to stay


Always thinking of me

On whatever occasion

Never stopping to ponder

On her own situation


Then came disaster

Her partner so true

Stricken down with an illness

He couldn’t pull through


Her husband in heaven

Whom could she tell

Life’s not worth living

If you are living in hell

  With many a friend

And children aplenty

She struggled so hard

But her life was empty


Though many did try

Still no one came near

For who could replace

Her husband so dear


With no one to listen

No love to look after

There’s no one to share

Her joy and her laughter


With summers turned winter

And days into night

She had now lost all

Her will for to fight


With aching in my heart

My eyes filled with tears

I’ve lost my darling mother

Will love her all my years


I know she is in heaven

Now living in God’s home

She’s with her dearest husband

At last she’s not alone


Alan 23rd July 1985


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