BAGGAGE: THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER WHEN ADOPTING

15 Jan

Baggage By Evelyn Colbath
From the Shelter Dog

Will You Help Me Unpack?”
Now that I’m home, bathed, settled and fed,
and all nicely tucked in my warm new bed,
I should unpack my baggage, lest I forget,
There is so much to carry, so much to regret…

Hmm…Yes there it is, right on top, let’s first unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss,
And there by my leash hides Fear and hides Shame,
As I look on these things I tried so hard to leave,
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.

I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
but I wasn’t good enough for they didn’t want me.
Will you add to my baggage? Will you help me unpack?
Or recoil from my things and take me right back?

Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage, and never repack?
I pray that you do, for I’m so tired you see,
But I do come with baggage- do you still want me?

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One Response to “BAGGAGE: THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER WHEN ADOPTING”

  1. susan bargeloh May 24, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    I’d like to get permission to use Evelyn Colbath’s poem, Baggage, in a publicity item (we read it to music) for the Los Alamos New Mexico friends of the Shelter, a non-profit group dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats, http://www.animalshelter.org/shelters/Friends_of_the_Shelter_-_Los_Alamos_rId3214_rS_pC.html.

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