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The following poem was written to help me work through the difficulties faced when I realized we would soon have to make the unfathomable decision that it was time to put to rest, our beloved 12 year old German Shepherd, Misty. The tears seemed never-ending ... she was my only "child."

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i love this poem it brought tears to my eyes
Lacy Jo
very good. i guess that i just think that it is so good because it applies to the last relationship that i had with a person. i don't really know why it made me feel so sad, but it did a good job of it.
It made me cry. but its great!. Awesome job!

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When Is It Time?

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, and 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 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 I 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 love
For all our time in life,
But if I hold too tightly,
You'll not move t'ward 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 remain,
Pray one day, down the road a'ways
... They'll lesson my own pain.

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More Visitor Comments (from the Voting form)

wow. I was amazed by this poem because it reminded me of my relationship w/ a friend I have
this is so good
this is the best peom i have read in years
I really luved ur poem! My feelings exactly.
The poem is really beautiful. It had touched my heart. Keep it up.
hi , i loved this poem . and when my dog angel was going to be put down not to long ago i felt sad , like this poem . so thats why i loved this poem
your poem truly got me i hope your ok. i know how it is to lose a loved one a close one at that too. Just keep your head up high she is with you in your heart, I know you can not see her but someday you will be with her again. Letting go was the smart thing to do
wow this is really good i think this is how eveyone feels it was so good it almost made me cry.
I read this poem and thought that all the feeling put into it made it beautiful. I would love to read more poetry by this person that has so much emotion behind his writing.
Wow, this poem really touched me, I know how you feel, i had to put down my poodle, he was with me since i was a baby, i never thought about it until i had to do it, I still cry thinkng of him. you really have a talent, keep up the good work : )
This was AMAZING! i lost my german shepard kelly this janurary. and the last thing i did was tell her i love her. looked her in her eyes and said goodnight. And i miss all the times that ive had with her. amazing poem
very good poem i really loved it you a good poem writter
that was nice
This morning I googled the question "when is it time?" because my mother and I are faced with this question each day lately reagarding her loving dog Gracie who is about 16 years old. There are lots of Q and A pages out there, but I found the most comfort and truth is this poem; it seems that the answers that come from a place of love always speak to the heart. I'm sitting here in tears and know the time is soon. It's painful but hearing another voice looking for the strength helps. It's a beautiful poem. Thanks C
i was very touched by this poem i noe how u feel i had my cat blackie since i came home from the hospital for the very first time and he was my bestfriend and he was getting realy sick and i had him for the past 18years and i just had to put him down and it was the hardest thing i have ever done and i miss him more and more everyday
hey this is Monica Fff i love this poem becase it sad and more to ever one i am goin to go know love ya
This was a goog poem and i think you should write more. :-)
i really liked this poem it reminded me of my germen sheperd that we had to put down so it just made me think of him and it made me cry
I really love this poem even though it made me cry. it made me realize what i will go through with my dog.
i voted becouse i love animals and when i see animal die i cry and when read the poem i was crying
This poem is amazing i have never read anything that touched me so much this author should really try and publish a book.
i loved this poem
this is good it mad me cry so bad I now she did good ,and your great. love sydney
this is truly a wonderful poem and one of my favorites
I love this poem, it made me cry, i know how it feels to lose a pet,this is the most heart braking poem I have read.
this is a fantastic poem. wll done to the person that wrote it. i lost my baby rabbit millie. i have had a lot of pets. including rabbits in my life. but millie out of all of them touvhed my heart the most. and this poem touched my heart like she did and reminded me so deeply of my girl. i will always miss her. thankyou for writing something so spectacular. xoxox
i loved your poem too gosh all the poems on this website are good but i think yours is the best i understand were your coming from i had a dog once that had cancer and i held on to him because i didn't want to give him up. but in the end i relized that it was just hurting him more than it hurt me! well anyway good job!
Hey! I really liked your poem. it was really pretty and deep. it broght tears to my eyes. keep writing
junice jenlyn
it touch my heart and my life.
I Loved this poem, recently i lost my "BEST FRIEND" T-BONE. he was a 10yr. old boxer, and we had to make that trip to the vet. That was one of the hardest things we had to do!
marvellous. just dont have words to praise the depth the poem has reached.
I loved it! i dont now who you are but you have a gift im only 15 and sound like a old lady the way i said that but it was so meaningfull!
this is a really good poem it reminds me of me and brett when we were dating i sooooo couldn't get over him. & i'm still not over him yet andi have another boyfriend
you r a great poem wrighter I LUUUUV ANIMALS OF ANY KIND i Cant bear to c anyone hurt them. I lost my first dog I hardly got through the pain losing my second i coulnt bare again. You have a way with poetry keep reaching out.
I was about to cry i loved it . thanks for leting me know im not alone.
i love your poem it just made me really stay awake. but it was really touching to my heart
i really like your poem i think that it really great hope to c more nice poems 4rm u again
I understand your loss and pain! This is a beautiful poem and tribute to your dog's life. I am sorry for your loss and believe all dogs go to heaven.
I really like this poem. It's really sad, but that's what makes it true. I know how this feels.
I love this poem because it talks abaut the way I feel. I lost my dog a week ago and it is hard to let go but I know that he is in a better place. his name was SHADOW.
Dale Ann
So hard to read but really covered how I am feeling. We never really know when the time is right to let your best friend go. They trust you, in my head I know it was the right thing to do but my heart is breaking.
all i have to say is i cried ! i love it keep up the good work.
this poem is good
Oh mi god. this was the best poem ever. It made me remember of when we had to put the family cat of nearly 18 years down. Although i am only 15, shiroki was there when i was born, mum got her when she was just a little kitten long before i was around. The thought of having to put her down really made me sad. I couldn't even go to the vet with mum, dad and my sister, and i know thats terrible but i just didn't want to take her in there. and then come out without her. Anyway, great poem. Toodles Love Mika xx
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