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The Long Walk Home

An Ode to Pets in Audio and Textual Form

By S. A. CrawfordPublished 8 months ago 1 min read
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I cannot bear to lose you,

Though I know you must one day go.

All the miles you have walked by my side,

are but a fraction of that long walk home.

A bright, jingling empty collar,

and a heart as heavy as a stone.

No one can prepare me for that awful long walk home.

Every creature has its time,

and though I will not let you go.

You will go where I cannot follow,

and leave me with the long walk home.

I wrote this poem while waiting to hear if my pet was coming home from an emergency vet visit. Below is a spoken performance of that poem.

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S. A. Crawford

Writer, reader, life-long student - being brave and finally taking the plunge by publishing some articles and fiction pieces.

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  • Linda Rivenbark8 months ago

    Beautiful and heartfelt...it pulls on all my heart strings.

  • Naomi Gold8 months ago

    I love that you shared audio of you reciting this emotionally gripping poem—and I love your accent. I’m glad she’s back home.

  • C.R. Hughes8 months ago

    Very beautiful! I'm not a pet owner myself but I could feel all of the emotion you put into this piece. Thank you for sharing

  • Rob Angeli8 months ago

    Great work, very moving.

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