Same, but Different

THE SAME, BUT DIFFERENT
“Don’t bother” Zoonie mutters,
‘I don’t want a new sister or brother’
I’m so lost and confused,
I need my best friend’ she continues.

Feeling my heart pull and pinch, 
because she doesn’t respond or flinch.
Everything was different and she knew,
a huge void in our lives was the clue.

She’d ignored her new purple friend,
as he followed every where she went.
Trudging each room, no place to just be,
she looks forlorn and pitifully at me.

Tail limply tucked down under,
you can see her sigh and wonder. 
Eyebrows tightly scrunched into frown, 
still searching and looking around.

Her new mate patiently waits and stares,
but you can see Zoonie doesn’t care.
Her childlike sense of wonder and awe,
is lost, she’s different than before. 

The same comfy sofa and fluffy bed,
but still, she mournfully droops her head.
The day that she lost her darling sister, 
nothing in the world comforts or assists her.

Her new purple unicorn is bigger than she,
I hope that they make friends eventually. 
Victoria Healing ~ 6.4.2021.
The Same, but Different

Image: Zoonie with wanna be friend Cornelius, the Purple Unicorn.

DOGGY GRIEF

It’s been a long six weeks since we lost our darling Roxy.

Roxy was more a mother than sister to Zoonie. It breaks my heart to see the sadness and confusion in Zoonie’s eyes. She is grieving for her soulmate. How do you explain to your dog that her best friend will never be coming back?