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Fighting Shadows (a Poem)


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Fighting Shadows

by m.e. holderbaum


He is mine.

I will shine the light of faith and hope

On the shadow of death,

Creeping now in the twilight at the edge of sight.

On indrawn breath,

I count the measured beat of this brave heart,

Knowing that someday we will have to part,

But not tonight!


Am I selfish to chase away the dark?

His face seems angular in dusky tones,

Yet I am not prepared to walk alone...

Or, not alone, with others by my side

The stinging touch of grief is not as far

As I might like.

No flowers grow in dusty patterns here:

Please grant me one more day, a month, a year.

Am I asking for too much?

What happens when he isn't there to touch,

To lift his muzzle to the sky

And sing, and sing, a hollow, hallowed cry?


He is mine.

Just for now. Just in this time.

We cannot choose except to say

Today. Today is dark with tears,

But free of pain, companion,

Will you rise and walk with me again?

In moonlight valleys touched by stars and flowers,

We beg for months, for days, or even hours.


Then free, they spring like lightening to the arc:

Chasing the shadows far beyond the pale.

So when we mourn, we find that in its course

The night sky thunders forth, "You did not fail.

Your love has conquered shadows.

He is yours."


In memory of Stretch, when he wasn't quite ready to go yet (Ranch Stretch, 3/21/1995 - 10/7/2004 - osteosarcoma)

Meri & the Dorg
with Little Lee from Eetaly (Raider Retire), Freya FooFoo (Writers Block), Brodie (never raced), and "foster" JJ (Rossmore Judith). Missing Bravo, Chickie, Nico, Meri Carol, Lucky II, Ringo, Mylie, Bull, Geordie, Shae-Leigh, Stretch, Dustin, Cooper, Lucky, and Heidi.

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What a wonderful sweet rememberance. A lovely poem to honor Stretch and all the others who have left us too soon.

Missing my sweet girl Scout. My snuggler, my chow-hound, my kissy girl.
It never thunders at the Bridge, and your food bowl is ALWAYS filled.

So strange not living in Atty World. I was a love struck handmaiden to your every whim.

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What a beautiful and touching poem and a wonderful tribute to Stretch and your

love for him. Tears also here while reading it. Your relationship with him

just shines thru the words.


Hobbes - April 2, 1994 to April 9, 2008-----Tasha - May 23, 2000 to March 31, 2013

Fiona - Aug 29, 2001 to May 5, 2014-----Bailey - March 22, 2001 to Jan 20, 2015

Zeke - June 1, 2004 - Jan 26, 2016----Callie - July 14, 2006 to July 27, 2019

Forever in my heart: Chooch, Molly, Dylan & Lucy

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