Your little white head pops up
Eyes almost hidden behind
Watching, being, wondering.
You wiggle your entire body in
ecstasy when we re-enter
even if it has only been mere
moments, our presence to you is
Eleven years of companionship
Nestling your warm body into my lap
Eyeing the tightly wrapped bundles
with suspicion and excitement
Sniffing to wonder at the mystery of
Your loyalty knows no bounds
Never snapping at sticky, prodding
You are patient, resilient, kind.
Your entire life has been spent in our shadows.
How much of that have I taken for granted?
May it not be in your own shadow that
I finally learn to marvel at you.
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