"The Dachshound Pehr with Dead Game and a Rifle" by Jean-Baptiste Oudry‘A Truly Perfect Love’ and Other Poetry by Lee Goldberg The Society February 20, 2020 Beauty, Culture, Humor, Poetry 5 Comments A Truly Perfect Love My fingertips caress your hair and I no longer have a care about what happens in this mortal plane. I lay you down upon the bed and then I gently touch your head and you surrender love to me again. I feel your tongue from your soft kiss and on your face I see your bliss from being gently fondled and caressed. I look at your adoring eyes. and you emit soft loving sighs. I always knew that Dachshunds were the best! A Post-mortem Farewell I found him on the bathroom floor there was no pulse or breathing sound. He fell and died there all alone because no one else was around. They took him to the hospital and laid him on a gurney bed. I sat near him as he cooled down and touched his hand and stroked his head. I looked at his now quiet face devoid of any living glow. I leaned and kissed his now cold brow and said, “Bye Dad. It’s time to go.” That morn I had been cold and mean when understanding was required. I hoped now he knew he was loved before that moment he expired. As I drove home I thought about the way I wish things would have been. I reached our house all numb inside reflecting on my selfish sin. Years later when I see his face I ask forgiveness and I pray. My eyes still tear as I recall the many things I did not say. Lee (aka Rantingsenior) Goldberg is a writer who lives in Naperville, Illinois. He is retired, 72 years old, and has worked in a variety of areas including computer programming and network administration. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 5 Responses C.B. Anderson February 20, 2020 Lee, The first poem is droll, with a rather interesting form. The second is sad, as it is meant to be, both for the death and for the regret. Overall, the diction & syntax are very lucid, and the meter is polished, except perhaps for the fourth line of the first stanza of the second poem. Reply Joe Tessitore February 20, 2020 Well done – the first one is as funny as can be. You have excellent timing! Reply Sally Cook February 20, 2020 Yes, your first poem .underscores what . animals offer us – that plethora of acceptance and love. We only have to accept it. .You have captured this in a lucid, gentle and humorous way. The second poem. of course, has a more s.omber tone, which .I find to be .graceful and understated. This is just right. Thank you.. Reply Jan Darling February 21, 2020 Thank you Lee – I loved your first poem and identified with it so completely that I knew it was a love letter to a beloved pet. When you confirmed that in your last line, I wanted to hug you. Both poems elicit emotion beautifully and I especially admired the simplicity of your language. You have touched the heart and soul of A.N.Other pet-loving Rantingsenior. Reply Lee Goldberg March 2, 2020 Thanks to all for the kind comments. I’m happy that some were touched by my poetry. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.