Until You Return

I was once a stray —
and I will wait for you,
until you return home to me.

You found me at a time when
I was cast to the side for
pure of breed and past.

I always sheltered my heart
so it could not be seen
by cold eyes
and cruel hearts
when I was abandoned,
then imprisoned —
my cage door rarely opened.

People walked by daily —
barely noticing how
I wagged my tail
for them…
until one day
it stopped.

It stopped…
when I saw friends leave —
some to new homes and families,
while others went to sleep,
never to wake again.

I wondered, always wondered —
when it would be my time to sleep…

Then one day you came —
I remember it was a Saturday…
and you saw in me something
more precious than any
jewel or coin.

Your eyes were not cold like the others —
you smiled at me and then I wagged
once, then again…
as you opened the door
to my cage and sheltered heart.

That was the day you became my world…
I remember it was a Saturday.

I was once a stray —
and I will wait for you,
and wag for you again.

© Roxi St. Clair

About Roxi St. Clair

IT Professional by trade and Writer & Photographer for fun!

9 Responses

  1. This is so beautiful and I love how you’ve captured the emotion in this picture. Years ago, I used this same image for a piece I wrote called Waiting for Your Return. It’s amazing how humans can sense the same emotions from a similar image. I love this!

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