WHO WILL MOURN FOR EWAN JONES?

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WHO WILL MOURN FOR EWAN JONES?

Post by Mahalia » 19 Mar 2016, 21:38

WHO WILL MOURN FOR EWAN JONES?
Maureen Clifford © The #ScribblyBark Poet

Old Ewan Jones lives alone on the moors
with Kip his black collie with snowy white paws
their home is a shack beneath the soaring tors.
When he dies, who will mourn Ewan’s passing?

That winter was cold, the snow thick on the ground
the sheep mobbed together in drifts
by low stony walls, seeking shelter of sorts
from the icy winds. Some death stole swift.
Seems time and again Ewan rescued small lambs
that were cast by the snow in their fleece.
‘twas warmth from their dams that had kept them alive.
Ewan prayed for this snowstorm to cease.

Though buried in snow and not easily seen
his dog Kip found their scent with his nose
and stood there and barked till old Ewan caught up
with his shovel – the sheep to disclose.
The workload was heavy and Ewan was old
there was no time to rest or to eat.
Too busy at saving his flock from the cold
he gave no thought to his sodden feet.

With fever one night Ewan shivered and shook
laboured breath rasping deep in his chest.
Kip lay at his feet. Knew his master was crook.
Could do nothing. Against Ewan pressed.
When thin morning light filtered through dirty glass
both the fire and old Ewan were cold.
Kip whimpered and placed a paw on Ewan’s knee
but no morning instructions were told.

No kettle was steaming, no dishes were placed
and no fire warmed the old wooden shack.
Kip went to his master, once more licked his face,
nudged his arm saying – ‘soon I’ll be back.’
Then Kip pushed the window that never would latch
tight and bounded out into the snow.
Streaking like a rocket across snowy hills
and pastures, knowing where he must go.

The farmer heard barking insistent and loud
at his door and he jumped up to see
the black collie there, agitated, alarmed;
running out and then back – a banshee.
“What’s up Kip, where’s Ewan?” The farmer called out.
“Be a good lad and come here to me”
But Kip yipped and yapped, turning circles, then ran
to the gate displaying urgency.

The message was given its meaning was clear
and he followed the dog through the snow.
He entered the shack where Ewan lay at rest,
in cold deaths embrace. His last beau.
The collie lay down beside his master’s chair
with his black head upon his white paws.
A great sigh escaped him as his brown eyes watched.
He was bereft and death was the cause.

Old Ewan Jones lived alone on the moors
with Kip his black collie with snowy white paws
their home was a shack beneath the soaring tors.
When he died, who there mourned Ewan’s passing?
The Scribbly Bark Poet
see some scribbles here - http://scribblybarkpoetry.blogspot.com.au/

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Post by Teddy » 21 Mar 2016, 18:28

Such a very touching poem Mahalia.Yesterday morning's ABC news ,told of a dog found by the dead body of his owner, whom it was believed had died of an accident the previous afternoon. I believe this is not an isolated incident with dogs,no wonder they are called, Man's best friend

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Post by Dusty » 22 Mar 2016, 12:08

Beautiful ,and sad ,brought tears to my eyes
I,m right into Craft, cant remember a flamin' thing

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Post by mavisbramston » 25 Mar 2016, 16:11

AS one who loves and admires poetry and a dog lover thank you.

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Post by Mahalia » 31 Mar 2016, 14:03

Thank you all for your kind comments - so pleased you found something in this. :thank_you:
The Scribbly Bark Poet
see some scribbles here - http://scribblybarkpoetry.blogspot.com.au/

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