A Shut-In To His Dog

by Orval Lippincott
(Lima, Ohio, USA)




You could have known the scented fields
and tasted wild delights;
And played where all of nature yields
a thousand wondrous sights.

You could have known the singing brooks
and days of quiet rapture;
Filling your heart with hills and nooks
and joys a dog can capture.

There was the freedom of the dell;
the trails were ecstasy-
You gave them up to share my hell
of gray monotony.

Grand paradise you left out there
to guard me and my home;
God grant there'll be a world somewhere
That both of us can roam!

-Orval Burdette Lippincott

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Dec 29, 2010
Lovely sentiment!
by: Rick Brentlinger

I love that quotation! It sounds like something our Brit friend G.K. Chesterton said.

Dec 06, 2010
A favorite quotation...
by: Sparrow

This wonderful poem reminds me of a very favorite quote I once heard:

"Here is the highest measure of truest friendship: I once had a dog that licked my face, and a Man I never knew died for me half the world away."

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