Ode to I Ching
By Tony D'Agnese, from Animal Rights Online

Close your eyes now,
my longtime friend,
and let this suffering
come to a peaceful end.
We'll walk together
soon, I'm sure,
as winter turns to spring,
when snow gives way
to budding leaves
and birds begin to sing.
The gentle breeze
shall call your name
along the water's edge.
For what we shared
and what you meant
shall never be forgot.
Your friendship spans
the years behind
your memory ahead.
You'll always be
there next to me,
companion and good friend.