A Friend

He happily trails 

along the sidewalk path 

a golden retriever 

with a labeled vest: 

“service dog.” 


As he pants from 

the heat outside 

his eyes meet mine 

and I am greeted with his 

innocence and friendliness, 

whose warmth I can feel 

from distances apart. 


But his loyalty 

never wavers 

as his dainty paws 

allow him to gracefully 

act as a guide. 

Turning the corner he 

leads his owner towards 

a familiar place and they 

wander away together. 


He is his owner’s helper 

accompanying him 

every day. 

There is not only 

trust and guidance 

but also friendship. 

To me that is a 

beautiful thing.