'Twas Not Courage
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`twas not courage that lay him down to sleep
`twas necessities tears ended pain so deep
for had I a choice who's life to take
would surely be my own at stake

oh, death be nimble, death be quick
buddy dances in a flickering candlestick
my heart will hurt a long, long time
forever over my son's death I pine

I am biblical rachel unconsoled
within my breast a pain so old
will fester 'til the day I die
then next to him I'll gladly lie

those who haven't loved a dog
live like a petrified, sunken log
primordial woods of moss and rain
to love a dog one can only gain


diana moreton.
(In loving memory of my son, Buddy Moreton,
who died December 17, 2003, from a
malignant nasal tumor.)

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