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Old Tige my dog

Army service done, I was heading home
My Ma and friends I'd missed and Tige my dog
Served my three years never again I'd roam
I got off the bus, there was a dense fog.

And lying there was Tige my canine friend
Tige led the way, I started to follow
Strange way he went turning left at the bend
A dam was being built, I did not know.

I reached home, Ma was rocking in her chair
Said she'd wrote me about how Tige had died
Her words shocked me all I could do was stare
But I'd just seen him,  Ma wouldn't have lied.

Safe route had gone but Tige had led the way
She said Tige had died three years to the day

Written on 26 September 2018.
Inspired by 'Gentleman ' Jim Reeves classic song 'Old Tige'

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 11/8/2018 7:32:00 PM
Also love, dog poems and this is a special one. I do believe that their love continues on after they are physically gone. And love can move mountains. The song inspired you well.
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 11/9/2018 2:25:00 AM
Thank you very much Sandra, Jim Reeves was a popular singer when I was growing up.Happy you enjoyed it. Tom.
Date: 10/27/2018 10:37:00 AM
Wow, I've seen movies about such and they're all 'ball your eyes out' movies, so is this poem. Gripped me, you did! Poetry hugs ... CayCay
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Date: 10/27/2018 3:06:00 PM
Thank you very much CayCay, I'm happy you enjoyed it, The old Jim Reeves song Old Tige inspired this one. Tom.
Date: 10/4/2018 2:54:00 AM
Very touching and makes one think how could of that have ever happened when Tige showed up at just the right time to show you the way home. Animals are very special and dear to us. We've owned four cats and it is never easy to lose any of them. Mittens our cat is a sweet little thing so, thankful we have her. But I already know that it won't be easy when the time comes. Thank you, for this beautiful Sonnet.
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Date: 10/4/2018 4:40:00 AM
Thank you Christian, happy you enjoyed it. Pets do become part of the family and its devastating when you lose them Tom
Date: 9/29/2018 11:00:00 AM
Great sonnet, Tom, when a pet entwines in your heart they are like family and not a pet anymore. The feeling of a lost of one is taken very hard.. Since my husband has died my Yorkie has given me reason to get up in the morning to feed and walk him. He has become my sleeping partner and gets very upset if I leave him behind at anytime, but he was like that before Roper passed. Hugs dear friend
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Date: 9/29/2018 2:07:00 PM
Thanks Eve, yes a pet is part of the Family . They bring so much comfort to you. You must never stop living Eve, Sonny would never have wanted that. Never easy I know but he lives on in your heart and fond memories. Tom
Date: 9/29/2018 5:51:00 AM
Brilliant Tom, Old tige and distant drums were my favourite Jim Reeves songs, thanks for bringing memories back, going to listen to them now, well written a joy to read. :))
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Date: 9/29/2018 8:40:00 AM
Thank you Roy, hearing old tige gave me the inspiration, I had to do it. His songs were soothing to the ear. Tom
Date: 9/28/2018 12:56:00 PM
Old Tige leading the way..Nicely penned Tom..
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Date: 9/28/2018 12:59:00 PM
Thank you very much Joseph. Regards. Tom
Date: 9/28/2018 1:47:00 AM
Wow, I really loved this, very powerful poetry!!!!
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Date: 9/28/2018 2:15:00 AM
Thanks Arthur, glad you liked it. Tom
Date: 9/27/2018 8:04:00 PM
Vintage Cunningham, I must say Happy Halloween, a month early. ~ Gershon
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Date: 9/27/2018 8:26:00 PM
Haha hadn't thought of Halloween, was just an idea that came to mind after hearing Jim Reeves song. Tom
Date: 9/27/2018 2:58:00 PM
wow, what a great tale for halloween. Was it meant for that scary story contest? I mean, it was not so scary as much as mysterious ! a great tale.
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Date: 9/27/2018 3:17:00 PM
Thanks Andrea, no , it wasn't for a contest. I was thinking of that Jim Reeves song 'old tige' and used that as an inspiration. I'm away at the moment so have only got my phone otherwise I would have put the utube song on. Tom
Date: 9/27/2018 9:44:00 AM
The residuals of the Spirit...even old Tige's...lovely write my friend...love & dogs...^WW^
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Date: 9/27/2018 9:55:00 AM
Thank you W.W., Glad you liked it. Tom.
Date: 9/26/2018 10:14:00 PM
Great and powerful poem! Loved it! FAV
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Date: 9/26/2018 11:02:00 PM
Thanks very much Timothy, happy you liked it. Tom
Date: 9/26/2018 9:41:00 PM
I am old enough to recall hearing Jim Reeves sing. I'm glad he inspired such a powerful poem about a beloved pet who obviously loved and missed you, too.
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Date: 9/26/2018 11:02:00 PM
Thank you M.L. Happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 9/26/2018 7:28:00 PM
G'day Tom … proof that your best mate does what he can to make sure you get home safe - sad poem with warm feelings Tom - Lindsay
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Date: 9/26/2018 11:01:00 PM
Thanks Lindsay. Tom
Date: 9/26/2018 3:14:00 PM
tige lives within you, tom...i am beguiled by your endearing work!.. huggs
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Date: 9/26/2018 10:59:00 PM
Thank you Nette. Tom
Date: 9/26/2018 9:55:00 AM
Unique one. Really I liked it I have experience how human souls can interact. It may happen with dog also.
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Date: 9/26/2018 10:05:00 AM
Thank you Anisha, I'm sure a bond forms between humans and animals. Tom
Date: 9/26/2018 8:52:00 AM
Wow I enjoyed this. and interesting when I say God, my dog will look at me :)
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Date: 9/26/2018 8:56:00 AM
Thank you very much Heidi, glad you liked it. Tom
Date: 9/26/2018 8:21:00 AM
Tom, that is so well crafted! Excellent job my friend. Touching, hair raising, wonderful poem. xomo
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Date: 9/26/2018 8:23:00 AM
Thank you Maureen, I'm happy that you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 9/26/2018 8:15:00 AM
I really LOVE this, Tom. Jim Reeves--one of the good ones! Janice
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Date: 9/26/2018 8:19:00 AM
Thanks Janice, yes indeed he was. I'm happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 9/26/2018 7:16:00 AM
Very touching, Tom. Love it.
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Date: 9/26/2018 7:58:00 AM
Thank you very much Line, happy you liked it. Tom
Date: 9/26/2018 7:04:00 AM
This is a powerful write that shows the connection between man and dog. There is no accident that God and dog have the same letters, Tom.
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Date: 9/26/2018 7:57:00 AM
Thanks Caren, they don't critisise you or put you down, always loyal and faithful. Tom
Date: 9/26/2018 6:54:00 AM
How touching is this write! Depicted with loving memories..dogs have special powers..they look out for you always. I really liked your poem, Tom.
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Date: 9/26/2018 7:55:00 AM
Thank you Vijay. It's often said a dog is a mans best friend, how true that is. Tom
Date: 9/26/2018 6:13:00 AM
Intriguing metaphysical poem my friend, Tom! So well written! Loved it!
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Date: 9/26/2018 8:00:00 AM
Thank you very much Demetrios, I'm glad you liked it. They are such loyal animals without a doubt. Tom