If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
and pain should keep me from my sleep,
then you must do what must be done,
for we know this last battle can’t be won.
but don’t let grief then stay your hand,
for this day, more than the rest,
your love and friendship must stand the test.
what is to come can hold no fears.
Would you want me to suffer? So,
when the time comes, please let me go.
only stay with me until the end,
and hold me firm and speak to me,
until my eyes no longer see.
although my tail its last has waved,
from pain and suffering I have been saved.
who must decide this thing to do.
We’ve been so close, we two these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.”
— by Julia Napier, copyright 1999