For Flash – my long gone Newfoundland
Born in a snowstorm you loved the snow
Your bear like body bounding through it
like water – the white sticking to your fur
Glossy black with a white diamond on the front
of your chest, you were my protector and my
friend. I have missed your enormous rough
pink tongue raking my face and the softness
of your fur in my hands. Your relentless pursuit
of food. You in your puppy days ate all of the
Entenman’s cinnamon buns without destroying
the box. Chewing on my favorite red shoe with your
puppy teeth back in Kew Gardens when you were
my only baby. The day you escaped from the
backyard through the alley door – secret as a
spy – the super found you out on the sidewalk
unsure why you were even there and brought
you back. Your posture penitent and
affectionate. Your tail wagging in excitement
when seeing me.
But I will always remember you as the cushion
for my babies as they rested against you
bottle in hand and you allowed them, Your noble
head flush to the floor as you became their pillow. –
ever playing the nanny as you nosed them out of
danger and watched over them as if they were
your own. The growl you’d utter when you sensed
danger and the way you placed your body between
anyone who you felt was an enemy – our security guard.
We cried as we petted your fur for the last time
Knowing this would be the final moment and I
was not ready to bear the emptiness.
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