Hello again, beautiful readers! For this week's Tanka Tuesday Challenge, Colleen Chesebro has asked us to write a senryu. What's a senryu, you ask? It's a Japanese poetry form similar to a haiku except it focuses on the human condition and emotions instead of nature. I'll share my poem first and then what inspired it.
his love fills my heart
his journey's almost over
love's worth the heartache
Earlier this week, I got a call from my best friend to tell me she had to take her dog to the emergency room because he was listless. They hooked him up to an IV, but it didn't look good. They ran some blood tests which have yet to come back. Luckily, he seems to be recuperating, but for a while there, we thought we were going to lose him.
The day after the ER visit, she called me. You see, I'm her dog's Titi, his dog godmother. From the time she adopted him, I have been a part of his life. He and I have this bond that is indescribable.
After my dog died in 2008, I didn't want another one. I was in the midst of going through a divorce and didn't want the extra expense. My son, on the other hand, wanted one. So, we compromised in dog sitting. Rex was our first, and best, client. He loved coming to our house, so much so that the minute my best friend got off the expressway on our exit, he would get all excited.
Whenever he sees me, he runs to me and puts his front paws on my legs and will not leave until I have thoroughly immersed him with hugs, kisses, and a ton of petting while his tail goes ninety to nothing. He loves my son as well, but even my son gets jealous of the amount of affection Rex gives me.
So, when I got that phone call, it broke my heart. I'm not ready to lose his love and affection, and yet, I know the day will come one day and my heart will shatter into a million pieces. As Tennyson wrote, "'Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all."
So, here's to my Rex! May he continue to get better so we may enjoy his love for a few more years...
Have you ever bonded with an animal? I'd love to hear about it.