One Dog (Sasha) – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Sasha, our beloved and unforgettable Dalmatian (she died six years ago).

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” Orhan Pamuk

One Dog (Sasha)

We shared a language of love, none of it 
written, except deep in our being, and 
we knew our joys and disappointments, 
miscued expectations held in tension,
and those sad eyed looks accompanying 
disrupted routines, or the sense of betrayal
when visiting the vet; 
you hid from the thunder in out of way 
places and pined when we journeyed
without you, you pulled us on walks
and ran like a teen, even in your dotage,
you weathered the pain of ageing until
you lay down to rest;
but it's never just the stories or fun,
you are part of the family flesh a 
companion ever held in our circle of love.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under death, Elegy, Free Verse, grief, life, love, poem, quote

34 responses to “One Dog (Sasha) – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. A masterpiece – truly. I can’t think of many works that so perfectly capture the essence of this special relationship.

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  2. One of the most emotional pieces I ever wrote was when I lost my kitty Sojourner. Theres something about these bonds that produce the greatest of art. Well done.

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  3. We get so close to our pets by providing for them, you can’t help getting emotional attached.

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  4. Beautifully written, bond shared with pets can’t be compared to anything❤️

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  5. Nothing compares to that pet and owner bond…..

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  6. Such a loving tribute to your beloved Sasha. I know the feeling . . .

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  7. Thanks Paul 😢🥺😢✨🙏

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  8. Paul, sending hugs. I still miss my Sputnik, gone 15 years now. Our animal friends are family and bless us for far too little time. 💕.

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  9. This really pulled on my heartstrings, Paul.

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  10. I cared for two Dalmatians when I had a home and pet care business. They were very loving and frisky.

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  11. A dog well loved and remembered!

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  12. Oh for the love of a dog Paul. so beautifully written and cat too in my case 🐕😹

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  13. For all our beloved animal companions past and present, this is a special gift of a poem, Paul.

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  14. A am feeling so sorry for her. Thank you for the great remembrance, Paul! Best wishes, Michael

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  15. Amy

    A very beautiful tribute to your Sasha. I still miss our Evan and Macken…

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  18. lync56

    So beautiful – your words of memories long gone brought tears with the remembering


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