(In My) Solitude. A song that I have not heard for some time now it was on an album of Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits which was given to me by my Great Uncle, when I was about thirteen years old and which I had cherished for many years.This song is one of my favourites from the album, which I would belt out singing in times gone by but I also find it slightly haunting when hearing it again, but have a love for it. I think I was fortunate enough to make a cassette tape of it, but due to the damp in storage, too many things were ruined and so they were disposed of.
But I have been feeling pretty blue and it set me off thinking…
It also prompted me to write the following poem, my first in over a month.
In my solitude.
Oh Teddy you were so beautiful, it is plain to see.
It brings a lump to my throat to know that you are free.
And as my eyes fill with tears. I remember once again,
That in your face which I held near, you could not hide your pain.
But when we danced, around and round and laughter filled the air,
We sat upon the floor together as your paw stroked in my hair.
We often sat there thinking as your eyes gazed into mine
You were the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen and were simply divine.
My wonderful boy your expressions were just filled with love,
Remembering the times that you’d also cajole and shove.
I’m flicking through the photos that I will here keep on my phone.
I think of when we lost you and feel somehow alone.
In the flesh you are now gone, but in my mind you remain.
To not dwell in the past, I will try to refrain.
You fur kept as a keepsake, your ashes by the bed.
And as I say goodnight and rest my weary head.
I say goodnight to all of you, my safety there to keep.
And often think of you again, which always makes me weep.
The tears fall here again as I sit in solitude,
Thinking of the times we had and being so subdued.
The love that you gave to me, was second to none.
And as I hope to heal from loss, I’ve only just begun.
But now there is a new boy here to comfort me, he sits here at my feet.
The soppiest one whose staying near you’d ever hope to meet.
A loving boy we’ll cherish with a heart of gold
I hope he’ll stay with us for years till we all grow old.