05.04.2006 Farewell my dear friend

Our dear family member and friend slept away tired by a short illness this morning. Our grief is immense. Kassu is in our hearts and we’ll remember him forever. Kassu, thank you for everything you gave to our lives.


I’m still here
I stood beside your bed last night
I came to have a peek
I could see that you were crying
You found it hard to sleep

I whined to you softly
As you brushed away a tear
“It’s me, I haven’t left you,
I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”

I was close to you at breakfast
I watched you pour the tea
You were thinking of the many times
Your hands reached down to me

I was with you at the shops today
Your arms were getting sore
I longed to take your parcels
I wish I could do more

I was with you at my grave today
You tend it with such care
I want to reassure you
That I’m not lying there

I walked with you toward the house
As you fumbled for your key
I gently put my paw on you
I smiled and said “It’s me.”

You looked so very tired
And sank into a chair
I tried so hard to let you know
That I was standing there

It’s possible for me to be
So near you everyday
To say to you with certainty
“I never went away.”

You sat there very quietly
Then you smiled, I think you knew
In the stillness of that evening
I was very close to you.

The day is over…
I smile and watch you yawning
And say “Good night, God bless,
I’ll see you in the morning.”

And when the time is right
For you to cross the brief divide
I’ll rush across to greet you
And we’ll stand side by side

I have so many things to show you
There is so much for you to see
Be patient, live your journey out
And then come home to be with me

– Author unkown –