roamed the wild country, my beautiful yellow eyes,
Side by side we've hunted Shadows dancing on northern skies.
have been times of plenty, we were content and serene,
Peacefully sleeping, dangers few and far between.
also known much hunger, ribs protruding from each side,
Mournfully we howled, when our starving cubs had died.
then there was our first winter, romping thru the glistening snow,
Tasting each crystal snowflake, falling gently to and fro.
my dear sweet yellow eyes, I've known no greater love,
Without you I am nothing, our wild souls are one.
now you lay there dying, steel jaws upon your frame,
Life's blood slowly seeping, I whimper your sweet name.
I watch you struggle, chest heaving with labored breath,
Steel jaws clenching tighter, winds whisper the song of death.
blood has now stopped flowing, I know the time is near,
And you will forever leave me, my love, my life, my dear.
now my world is silent, your struggles now have ceased,
I lay my head upon you, and know you are at peace.
your soul has lifted, to skies where eagles soar,
And there you'll greet your brothers, to run with them forever more.
someday I shall find you, in the heaven's so far above,
And when our wild soul's unite, there'll be no greater love.
Joan L. Van Vels