Opal, today I release you
Fly to Heaven away!
Break free the fetters that made you die
Go with God to immortality.
In the shimmering stars you may see
An outline take form ~ A white hound in the sky ~
It is she! Though she was never far from my sight
I gave her to Him and He to Eternity.
Earth: bereft one dog, surplus one crown;
Heaven: a sun for the day, a star for the night