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When you finally realize he’s gone,
How he pad so benignly on your awareness
Something pulls at your soul –
     A memory of other time
        Of other life
             Life so simple     so undemanding
So loving
And of that consistent joy
Only a purloined whisper lingers.

Mr. Penny died November 4th, 2013

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  1. Date: 2/14/2014 2:33:00 PM
    Sorry for your loss. I cried for days when Murphy died (my son's chihuahua) and now I found out a very young Tiller (my son's chihuahua terrier mix) is limited due to a series of seizures. I feel the pain in this poem.

  1. Date: 11/19/2013 2:43:00 PM
    '...only a purloined whisper lingers,' the perfect concluding line to this poignant verse full of beauty and grace. Excellent, Daver! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 2:31:00 PM
    So, sad Daver.... sorry for the loss... My youngest daughter's birthday's on November 4th.. she's 8 now.... thank you for sharing.... LINDA

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 12:21:00 PM
    A quiet and subtle write, and a beautiful tribute to Mr. Penny, Daver. He had touched your heart,and soul as you must have touched his own. Keep well, Love, Mikki

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 5:24:00 PM
    Sorry to hear of your loss..I lost a 14 year old friend 2 years ago and I still miss him..Enjoyed reading your work about the event..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 9:58:00 AM
    reminds me of my own kitty.. how intimate and poignant can this get... you amaze,daver

  1. Date: 11/6/2013 4:11:00 PM
    so sorry this happened. YOu had one amazing cat there, and this is an awesome poem.

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 8:05:00 PM
    I know exactly where your heart was when you wrote this poem. I had one to leave me four years ago and I think of him still, even though I immediately got another mutt, to not replace him, that could never happen, but to soothe my ache some, and she has done her job magnificently. I'm sorry you lost Mr. Penny.

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 12:13:00 PM
    - Regardless of what some would say "it's just a dog," I have a dog and have also lost dogs ... "man's best friend" - love them with all my heart - and it does terrible painful to lose them. - Sorry for your loss Daver. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 12:06:00 PM
    I feel your pain....I've lost many beloved pets as well...peace and grace...

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 9:57:00 AM
    Because humans outlive most other animal species, pet lovers commonly experience grief when their pets pass away. Your feelings are expressed rather well in this piece. Sorry to hear about Mr. Penny's passing.