Ode to a One-Eyed Dog

You open our eyes to the Infinite

with your soft-brown, one-eyed stare,

your gentle, pink-tongued kisses

and your deep, dark, velvet ways.

You open our hearts to Eternal Love,

joining in our displays of affection,

cringing at discord in dire dejection,

Oh, Love-Dog with a failing heart!

You work your love-magic on all you meet

with a willful wag of your toy-like tail

Soothing us in sorrow and defeat

with the soulful “ear” of your only eye.

In your own pain, you comforted us.

Losing Dad, you licked Mom’s tears.

When Mom died you brought us back

from the shrieking world of grief and fears.

And you are getting old, as I lie sick in bed,

my nose nuzzling your greying head,

inhaling your sweet doggie scent,

I feel the fragile flutter of your tender heart.

Lulled by the hum of your delectable delight,

warmed by your love, touched by your joy,

filled with awe at each breath you take,

I see in you God’s mystery of life.

5 responses

  1. Thanks for sharing this wonderful expressed poem by yours, dear Ellen 🙂

    We can learn a lot even from the animals, our brothers and sisters in a lower form – dogs for example do not pretend, do not make a show they are real in their feelings and faithful to those they love. When losing the physical contact with them it is like a close relative has left us, then we suffer out of separation, out of the reflecting love they give us with their sincere hearts. And when our love is conneted with God, when we start to have real yearning for Him as He is the One who will never leave us (“I will not forsake you until the end of the world…”, then love for Him and receptivity will surely develop, then we become as failthful as the love of a dog is.

    Stay healthy and untouched by rain and sunshine as we are only guests in this world…

    Hugs and love to you, my dear friend 🙂

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    April 22, 2021 at 1:05 AM

    • Thank you for your enlightened comment, dear Didi friend!! Koko is long gone from this world but her memory lives on in our hearts.

      Hope you are feeling better. Yes, we are only guests in this world. Loss of a loved one is the hardest lesson.

      In love and friendship,

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      April 22, 2021 at 9:40 AM

      • Also we had a lovely dog, name was in Finnish “Mustikka” and translated means: “Blueberry” – she became 17 years old.

        Yes, I feel much better in the meantime and its progress is going on.

        Love and light to you and your family 🙂

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        April 24, 2021 at 12:09 AM

  2. Another breathtaking image of Love

    Liked by 1 person

    April 25, 2021 at 8:34 AM

    • Thank you, dear Tiramit!! So lovely to see you here!! xxellen


      April 25, 2021 at 8:38 AM

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