The Love a Dog Leaves

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We are still here 
flesh and blood and bone 
Yet he is gone
drifting away in melancholy 
grey smoke memories
Of more vivid days

Sometimes, we hear 
his demanding bark 
or the tap, tap ,tap of his paws
on the cold tile floor
his restless soul 
must be wandering
back and forth 
over the rainbow bridge
making sure 
he’s left the bones behind  
for us to unearth 
and find his greatest gift-
that of unconditional love.

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

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Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years and their latest rescue, Jackson “Jax” Lyberg. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: and view anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

30 Comments on “The Love a Dog Leaves

  1. I kind of guessed your poem would be canine themed, Linda, and I understand the love a dog leaves and how much you miss him, even with your new doggy friend. I love the lines:
    ‘drifting away in melancholy
    grey smoke memories
    Of more vivid days’
    I remember, after our Jasper died 13 years ago, hearing for a long time
    ‘… the tap, tap ,tap of his paws
    on the cold tile floor’.
    A poignant poem.

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  2. “drifting away in melancholy grey smoke memories of more vivid days,”… this is such a deeply, deeply heartfelt and evocative write Linda! 💝

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  3. I’m sure he comes back regularly to the bridge and looks across to see if you’re on your way. Beautiful elegy to your dear departed pooch.

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  4. Fortunately, Sandra’s daughter has Rizzo, now that Polly’s gone. Not that one can replace the other, or that Polly will ever be actually “gone”, but…
    Great write, Linda.

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  5. Such a beautiful soul will long be remembered. I can hear the tap of his paws as he paces back and forth on the rainbow bridge, maybe not totally ready to leave you yet.

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  6. I had a yorkie that crossed that rainbow bridge years ago and it was so hard. Now, we’ve had Romeo a Maltipoo for about a year and it’s been a real blessing. They are special little souls! ❤🐾❤

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  7. it is so very hard to lose a 4-legged family member. I know his footprints will remain on your lives forever as he lives in your heart

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  8. I appreciate your poem. Pieces of my heart have passed beyond that rainbow bridge. Yet, I can’t be without a dog. (My only requirement before I said, “I do” was to never deny me one.) Thank you! This was beautiful.

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