The Loneliest Ball In The World

My only introduction to this little piece ~
Leonard was the best dog ever.

Leonard's Ball

I came into the room with not much on my mind,
Not expecting a stray tennis ball and a memory to find;
My sweet old friend's not here to play with it any more,
Now his ball rests still, sad and lonely on the floor.

Food and water bowls are gone, there's no more shed hair,
But it's tough to move past my aching despair:
I can't pet his coat, I can't hear his snore:
But his ball rests still, sad and lonely on the floor.

How much do they know, how much do they care,
Well wherever I'd go my Leonard was there;
He'd follow me to each room and he'd wait by every door,
And his ball rests still, sad and lonely on the floor.

Two years later it doesn't take much for my memory to jog,
There's something indefinably special about a boy and his dog;
Now it just gets in the way, it has no purpose anymore,
Yet I leave his ball . . . sad and lonely on the floor.


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Marilyn Dowling 4 years ago

Oh Mickey, you hit the nail on the head. I have tears in my eyes just looking at that tennis ball. I have a 15 yr. old chocolate lab, with lumps, bumps, growths and everything imaginable, but he is still here with me and I love him dearly. My golden is 14, so I have two friends that are on borrowed time and I know it. My heart aches for you and your loss and in anticipation of my own loss as well. Thanks for reminding me just how special and precious these guys are.


Janice 4 years ago

Your calling is poetry, this piece heartfelt & very touching. Please write more.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Marilyn ~ thanks for leaving an encouraging comment . . . my Leonard also began to get lumps & bumps, etc, and he seemed to go so quickly. When we began to be concerned if he was comfortable or not, as we began to be concerned if he was in pain, it was just then that he seemed to rest so much more and, for the first time in his life, not finish his food . . . as we considered if it was time to let him go, it became apparent that was best. Now, we all wish we could just hold him one more time.


Vernon Horn 4 years ago

Mickey, I know Leonard was a truly great dog and no other dog will ever replace him. Still, there are so many great dogs that need homes I hope you'll consider adopting another, or maybe two more. We have two choc labs now, and they love each other, play together, and have a great time. They are truly less work than one dog.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...this really is a perfect piece of writing Mickey - because it comes from the heart naturally - but also because you made it so with your beautiful writing style - and you're sending the famous/infamous epigramman home with excuse the pun - like a dog with his tail between his legs - lol - as a poet/writer/ I am truly inspired by this - and it has humbled me - bravo to you - and it's better to have loved than not to have loved at all - your dog had a great life - he belonged to you - 4:39pm


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. You got me crying. We lost our cat Cha-Cha several years ago. She was 12 and died in my arms. However I couldn't go on and a couple of month later we adopted a male cat Sid who now is the apple of my eye. But Cha-Cha rests under out big oak tree and I still hurt for her and I've been wanting to write her a poem but still can't. Just think of Leonard chasing bunnies up in the fields in the sky.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh this is so beautiful.. I am crying.. it hurts so much when you lose your best friend,. I have gone through this so many times.

Your writing is suburb..

Blessings to you Mickey

Debbie


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LauraGSpeaks 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

This is a truly wonderful poem. You have evoked emotions and captured hearts. It's hard not to miss our furry friends once they leave us, but we will always hold them in our hearts.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Vernon ~ we've talked about getting another rescue pup, not to replace Leonard but just to rescue and give a home to one in distress, but I must be realistic and honest, at this stage in our life it would be tricky getting a dog that doesn't turn-out to be as easily lovable and as easy to live with, etc, as Leonard was. We still think of it now and then, and we may, but right now it does seem like taking in a drug-dealing, gang-member, sociopath foster kid after raising and living with our kids . . . I'm not sure we're the best people to do that.


kimberlyslyrics 4 years ago

Mickey I am fighting tears. You have that ability to reach peoples emotions sad and happy at the same time. Never stop Hubbing, I would have to stop too

xo

Kimberly


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Kimberly ~ you're the best . . . I'm always delighted and thrilled to see you've left me a comment. So delighted and thrilled that I'll shamelessly encourage you, don't miss this one please ~

http://hubpages.com/literature/Coloring-By-Candlel...


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Nice poem, Mickey! It's always hard losing a beloved pet. They seem to be so much more understanding and lovng than our human counterparts, in the consistency of their unconditional, undying love. I hope Leonard went his way due to having lived a long and happy life. Both you and he have been blessed by each other's place in life.

BTW, I didn't know you're a poet, too! You're an amazing writer, Mickey!


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Oh, Mickey, how sad. Do I dare ask why such a gorgeous dog was named "Leonard"???


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

JamaGenee ~ I've had dogs all my life, from pedigree Dobermans to rescue mutts, and I've always given them normal names . . . I mean, regular human names rather than 'cute' dog names - when my sweetheart and I were first married, still in our teens and with no money, we had 3 dogs . . . Dave, Ruth, and Larry.

Actually, Leonard was going to be 'Lenny' but, I neglected to consider that my youngest son's name is Benny - that didn't work too well, so he kind of just became Leonard . . . and he was truly the best dog ever ~

http://hubpages.com/animals/Leonard-The-Best-Dog-E...


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Dave, Ruth, and Larry, huh? Bet that made new neighbors scratch their heads when you were outside yelling for them, and it wasn't two-legged "children" that came running! (Yes, I have a decidedly twisted sense of humor...I'm mostly British, which should explain everything...) ;D


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

JamaGenee ~ the first place my wife and I had was across the street from an old lady that everyone said had a little bedroom for her dog, with a dresser filled with sweaters for him, etc, and that he sat at the table with her for dinner, etc. The dog's name was Teddy and I never really believed all those stories, until . . . one day she was calling Teddy to get back in the house, and she hollered "Teddy! Teddy!! Theodore, you get back in this house right this minute!". After that I thought maybe Theodore did have his own room and sleep in a bed, etc.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Bravewarrior - my favorite audience, you're always so encouraging. Thank you.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

LauraGSpeaks ~ thanks for the kind words.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Mickey, you warrant the encouragement. I love what you put forth! And I can never thank you enough what you've done for me. You know what I'm talking about, right?


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

bravewarrior ~ I don't know, and can't imagine what I've done for you . . ?


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Very strong piece. It's never easy to let go, and once we think we have, something reminds us of the love we still hold in our heart. Brings back sad memories I have of a best friend no longer around. It's been 30 years and I still miss him. Great Hub!


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

rcrumple ~ thanks so much, this (of course) was a very personal and tricky piece for me to publish.


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Mickey, you've brought me forth.

In response to Rich's comment, I have a Seal Point Himilayan buried in my backyard. She was 17 1/2 when she died. I spent 17 of those years with her. Boy, if cats could talk! She was the love of my life. Even those who normally didn't like cats, loved Ashley. I cried over her gravesite for a year. I built a garden around her and have her place marked. I still talk to her and it's been 12 years. I mourn her but I celebrate her. She was awesome and had the most beautiful soul, the most resilient, comforting, loving personality. We never let go of the souls that touch our hearts!


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Janice ~ "Please write more"

I'm not sure there's anything anyone can say to a writer that is more appreciated and encouraging - thank you.


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Sweetsusieg 3 years ago from Michigan

What a wonderful piece! Your 'ball' brings so many memories to mind of my loved ones who are waiting for me on the other side. A shoe, frisbie or just time spent with them sitting next to me on the couch or cuddling in my bed brings bittersweet memories. Sad that they had to leave yet joy for them allowing me into their lives.

Thank you for sharing!

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