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As we grew older Smokey and I,
Our lives would change a bit.
As a teen, there was school and friends,
In the kitchen he'd quietly sit.

All alone he'd wait for me,
To finally end my day,
And come and spend some time with him,
And maybe gently play,

A little game of dangle the string,
Or scratch behind his ears.
I didn't know, how could I know,
He neared the end of his years.

At night I did my homework,
At kitchen table with him.
He lay across my books and watched,
And rubbed my head with his chin.

Then whe I was just eighteen,
I came home from a swimming date.
He staggerd 'cross the yard to me.
I almost was too late.

He laid him down right at my feet.
I took him in my arms.
He closed his eyes and then was gone,
And with him all the charms,

That he displayed throughout his years,
My buddy, playmate, friend.
He remained so all his life,
Faithful to the end.

There will just never be another Smokey.

Copyright © Judy Ball | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 9/15/2016 5:32:00 PM

    Thanks for posting this wonderful piece. I enjoy reading it..........A.M.
  1. Date: 8/25/2016 2:55:00 AM

    My condolences on your loss my friend. Sad write and penned well.
  1. Date: 7/31/2016 2:45:00 PM

    wonderful poetry so caring, and gives so much of you too, Judy
  1. Date: 7/30/2016 2:34:00 PM

    awww, lovely write
  1. Date: 7/26/2016 5:26:00 PM

    ps, I just wrote a come back poem for Cheryl's poem, cheap plastic surgery, please have a read and let me know if you find it funny, thanks x
  1. Date: 7/26/2016 5:25:00 PM

    Ah, this is really sad, I lost my dog too a year and a half ago, I still miss my old girl very much, thanks for sharing, hugs x
  1. Date: 7/25/2016 12:17:00 AM

    It is always so sad when a beloved pet is no longer with us. We had to have our faithful friend of 13 years put away last October. T.J
  1. Date: 7/23/2016 11:07:00 AM

    You have written a few poems about smokey.. must have been very close.. sorry about your loss..
  1. Date: 7/22/2016 11:21:00 PM

    Now that is a pity and sad. I came to love your cat.