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.

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5 Responses

  1. C.B. Anderson


    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.

  2. Joe Tessitore

    Well done – the first one is as funny as can be.
    You have excellent timing!

  3. Sally Cook

    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..

  4. Jan Darling

    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.

  5. Lee Goldberg

    Thanks to all for the kind comments. I’m happy that some were touched by my poetry.


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