When Is Goodbye?

When is it time to say goodbye,
To all the love I’ve known
When is it time to end your pain
And leave me all alone?

I’ve watched you on your good days when
I feel your strength renewed
But shortly after little ups
The down days then ensue

We ride this roller-coaster of
Emotions as we try
To make it through another day
And yet, I can’t deny…

That as I look into your face
On days that have been bad
I see a look that beckons me
It’s tired…hurt…and sad

The little spark I used to see
Behind those loving eyes,
Is growing ever clouded
By life’s cruel inhumane side

I try to see beyond the pain
You feel with every step
And softly whisper to myself
This may get better yet…

If I can bear to watch you
Just another day or two
I justify my reasons to
Ensure I cling to you…

For letting go is harder for
The person left behind
It means that if I let you go
I cannot turn back the time

Back to the days I long for now
When you were full of life
And every day held promise
And our futures, clear and bright

But now the lights are darkening…
We take it daily now
I cannot see our futures clear
Or think beyond this cloud

I think the hardest part in this
Is never knowing why
I have to be courageous
And soon I will have to say goodbye

For if I let myself admit
It’s time to let you go
I’d have to face reality
Without you…but I know

That soon I have to face the
Final outcome that I dread
And holding on will only serve
To hurt you in the end

You’ve given such unselfish..unconditional love
For all our time in life
But if I hold too tightly
You’ll not move toward the light…

On to a better life, where you
Can once again be free
Of all the pain and discomfort
That holds you here to me..

So if I find the courage just to say
This last farewell..
I hope you will forgive me for
The time it took me..still…

I’ll hold with me the memories
That in my heart will always remain
And pray one day down the road
They will lesson my own pain…

When Is Goodbye?

Trish Cooper

Bloomington, United States

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My dog Sophie is 11 and has been sick for a few years..we have kept her going with anti-inflammatory medication, morphine, nerve pain medication, valium, you name it, we probably spend 350 a month on her meds and vet visits, and up until recently she has been pretty good, she has been around alot longer than was expected because of all the medications she has been on..they have helped sooo much..alot of owners her vet said would have put thier dog down because of the financial expense along time ago, but she is loved like one of my kids, and when she became a part of our family we took on a life time responsibility, not one of convience..alot of people have said that it is foolish and ridiculous to spend that much money and care on her…I have had a few people say to me face “She is JUST a dog..get another one” That makes me so upset you would not believe it!!!! It has not been thier money or care, it has taken such restraint not to scream at these people….but some put such little value on certain things:((( How DAMN sad!!!!! The past few weeks thing have gone down hill and I thinkwe are getting close to the end..my heart is just breaking, I love her so so much!!!!! I have been up with her all night and have cried so many tears…there is just no more left right now……Sophie I LOVE you so much, you have been the true defintion of unconditional love…..Oh god I feel like I am dying here…So I have to stop typing…..This is for Sophie…..XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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