Never again

Never again, I said
It hurts too much to lose.
But then time passes and
My arms reach out
And take another
Rescued dog
With wide and worried eyes
To heal and hold
To love and nurture
To laugh at and with
To cry with
Share joy with and
Be comforted by.
I count the years
As blessings
And treasure every one
Knowing ever that
The pain of parting
Will come
And I will say
Never again…

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