Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dog Lover Poem: When I Am Old

I've had a copy of this poem for more years than I care to count.  It's marked as written by "anonymous" and I regret that greatly because this woman (it has to be a woman) and I would be friends of the heart.

When I look in the mirror, I see that I am, indeed, growing old and I, too, acknowledge that this is the kind of woman I am and always have been:  a dog lover.

When I Am Old
I shall wear turquoise and soft gray sweatshirts
and a bandana over my silver hair
and I shall spend my Social Security checks on sweet wine and my dogs.....
and sit in my house on my well-worn chair
and listen to my dogs breathing.

I will sneak out in the middle of a warm summer night
and take my dogs for a run, if my old bones will allow...
and when people come to call, I will smile and nod as I show them my dogs...
and talk of them and about them...
The Ones so Beloved of the Past and the Ones so Beloved of Today...

I still will work hard cleaning up after them and mopping and feeding them
and whispering their names in a soft, loving way.
I will wear the gleaming sweat on my throat, like a jewel
and I will be an embarrassment to all...
and my family, who have not yet found the peace
in being free to have dogs as your Best Friends...

These friends, who always wait, at any hour, for your foot fall...
and eagerly jump to their feet out of a sound sleep,
to greet you as if you are a god.
with warm eyes full of adoring love and hope that you will stay
and kiss their dear sweet heads...
and whisper to their very special company...

I look in the Mirror...
and see I am getting old...
this is the kind of woman I am...
and have always been.

Loving dogs is easy, they are a part of me, accept me for who I am.
My dogs appreciate my presence in their lives.
When I am old this will be important to me.
You will understand when you are old...
and if you have dogs to love, too.
Author Unknown


  1. Beautiful poem! Thanks for stopping by to visit! BB


  2. That's beautiful....that's what Mom said anyway.

  3. Love the poem.Thanks for sharing!!
    Mom and the pack

  4. Kind of says it all, doesn't it? LOVE IT!


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