Silent howl

I sit now in the weeds

Underneath the trees

Where I lost my dearest friend

To self-respect and greed

I was sitting in my room

When I heard the sudden boom

And I knew at once

As it echoed the sound of doom

I ran bare-footed out the door

Over the forest floor

Following the familiar route

To find my friend no more

I slowly fell to my knees

To feel his breathing ease

I felt a tear run down my cheek

As his soul was picked up in the breeze

I ran my fingers through his fur

And sat in silence and wonder

I closed my eyes and bathed in memories

But most were sadly just a blur

And now I sit upon his grave

My dearest friend that I could not save

His howl still fills the night with sorrow and fright

That I never forgave