Darth

  

(Barking)

I’m Darth
I’m Darth
I’m Darth

Remember me?
Remember me?
Remember me?

Outside in the rain
In the snow
In the dark
Alone with the wolves again…

I see you a few minutes a day
I see you walk right pass me
But you don’t really see me
You’re too busy to see me
Wagging my tail away

(Barking)
I’m Darth
I’m Darth
I’m Darth!

Maybe I’m too old
Saggy eyes
Mud covering my thick black fur
That made you think of Darth Vader
These scars on my shoulders
Maybe they scare you?

Waiting all night long
Till  the break of dawn
for a pet on my head
Like you used to do
when you were a baby
Remember those times?

I still remember you

I got the light saber stick
You got me one Christmas
Back when I was still
Allowed inside

I still got the Darth Vader
That I was named after
now turned to pieces
decapitated and lifeless
And the Jedi Frisbee
And your Star Wars blankie
That still has your scent
Will you come play with me?

We were inseparable
We were the best of friends
I thought we were invincible
Playing in the park
You couldn’t wait to get off
The car to hug me
And kiss me…
Remember those kisses?

Now I’m just only a pest
A mat on your driveway
You hardly say hello
Let alone feed me… Anyways…
still I long to hug you
and kiss you…
Maybe next summer, or spring, or fall?

Nights are getting colder
Sleeping outside on the snow… Darkness getting longer and longer 

I grabbed The Star Wars blankie that you used to love… Remember the blankie? Now it’s Wet and colorless, never washed, never hang to dry like mom used to do…
I see Mom sometimes
Yet you never notice she’s right there beside you as she smiles
She wears a white gown
younger than I ever remember her by
Floating over the dead grass
By the tree that you stopped watering down 
the rest of the garden that’s a sad reminder:
Dead petunias, thorny rose bushes tangled with tumbleweeds, ants and spiders
And the empty nests, cracked egg shells Next to the birdfeeder
Now just a memory
A sad memory
Of how things used to be here

I heard your pickup truck’s engine run
A few days ago
Before dawn
There was a full moon that night
You took off Running
kicking dust and you were gone
Once on the driver’s seat
you never looked back
never did you say goodbye
or even filled my water… or simply a pat
I was only furniture, an old appliance, a piece of the landscape or simply a mat
Did you not see me wagging my tail?
Did you not hear me barking, crying and wail?
Did you not see mom shaking her head to no avail?
She was standing next to you… Did you not see her right there?

Don’t know if I’m awake
Or if I’m dreaming…
I don’t hear any trucks go by and the dirt road is dust collecting
Lost the strength to even lift up from head from the muddy ground… 
Hard time breathing 
Whether it’s hot or cold My body is constantly  shaking… Blurry vision… Slowly breathing… Dried up nose smelling nothin’… Eyes now closing…

Mom came back and picked me up 
I lick her angelic face
In her arms, saved by her grace
Covered from the sun heat by her white, long hair… Darth is in a daze!
Freed from my collar
Freed from the pain… 

Running on the green grass
Among the tulips and the red roses…
She’s looking at me and smiles
She’s glowing with love
And I run to her… She smells like roses…
My bark ever so loud, mom’s pride and joy, guardian of my home…

I’m Darth, I’m Darth, I’m Darth!!!

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