Was modest, true and kind.
For four years our lives overlapped,
He'll stay for ever in my mind.
He always loved to be outdoors,
And thoroughly believed
That walks with me were only fun
If I were off the lead.
He saved lamb shank bones in the fridge
For when I came to stay.
He loved to watch me on the lawn
He could have been a dog, you know,
So loyal, trusty, steadfast.
Devoted to family,
In affections, uncomplicated.
He always smiled his special smile
On seeing Gail and me.
His deep blue eyes lit up
And sparkled curiosity.
I never heard him angry once.
Even towards the end.
His carers all used the same words,
"He is a lovely gentleman".
He rests now in the soil near home,
As peaceful as he lived.
And thinking of him, there is joy
Dancing beside the grief.
The worms will now be gentle too,Nourished on his gentle flesh.
The grass will thrive, the blackbirds sing.
Even the badgers will show respect.