If there’s no heaven, then there ought to be,
If not for people, then for precious pets
Whose innocence has earned posterity,
Whose love no grieving human being forgets.
Our dogs and cats are teachers of our souls:
Like children, they have needs we must attend
Inclining us to assume caretaking roles
And as we do, we cultivate a friend
Whose loyalty exceeds the human kind,
So often fickle, selfish and untrue;
Their steadfast hearts are otherwise designed,
For once you’ve earned their love, they’re true to you.
I say there is a heaven for such friends
Where their love’s radiance shines and never ends.