Friday, May 29, 2009

Ode To the Departed*

When I woke up this morning
There was a sad sight
It seems our dear Hiss
Had died in the night

For almost a year
He'd done very well
So why he died
We just can't tell

We used the moment
To teach our young son
A bit about life
And what happens when we're done

I got a small box
And there lies our snake
For the Lord saw fit
That he should never again wake

At first I think Garrett
Thought the box was fun to fill
For in his sweet little head
He thought the snake was just very still

I taped the box tightly closed
A coffin I did make
Reading, "Here lies Hiss
A really a good snake."

He was very good for a quick garter snake
Sitting calmly in my hand while I held him
Allowing Garrett to kiss his small little head
And not getting freaked by every toddler whim

I dug a small snake sized hole
With the help of a wee little guy
Who was learning that it's really no fun
When our beloved pets die
We put Hiss in the ground
In the hole that I dug
Then Garrett started in with
"Please, mommy, one last hug!"

Of course we couldn't allow
Our son to hug a dead reptile
And that's when the morning became
All tears and not even one smile

Troy buried the casket under the dirt
And Garrett's emotions hit the wall
He frantically tried to undig his pet
Troy held him close while he did bawl

So here lies our sweet little snake
Who joined our family last summer
He was so little, just a few days old
Three seasons later, his death is a bummer

We'll miss you, dear Hiss
We'll miss you a ton
Though no one quite as much
As my precious little son...

"Goodbye, snake. I love you so much."

*Not technically an ode, I know.


  1. I know garter snakes are harmless and I am so sorry for your loss but I still can't get past the gross factor of a snake as a pet. My mother played with them as children and she was never afraid. But that trait was not passed along to me!

  2. Sorry for the loss.. but "Ewwww!!!" Gives me the willies.

    BTW, great poem!

  3. that video was so adorable!

  4. I'm impressed with your poetic ability but the pic of the snake gave me the heebie jeebies.

  5. I still remember when we had to put Terminator to sleep. Brian was in 3rd grade and he took it really hard. Tell Garrett we're sorry. At least Terminator has a friend with him now.

  6. Awe, how sweet! Poor little Hiss & poor poor Garrett!

  7. So sad! We lost a bunnie not long ago and my 2 and 3 year olds were very sad. It is a good lesson in life and death though, just very very sad.
    Hope Garrett cheers up soon.

  8. That's so sweet! I tagged you on my blog ;)

  9. I never, EVER thought I'd cry for a snake, but I just did. So beautiful, m'dear.

  10. Aww, poor Hiss. Well, really poor Garrett. Man, it's been a bad couple weeks to be a small pet huh? First Evelyn, and now Hiss. At least you gave Hiss a proper burial. That's more than I can say for my little friend...

  11. :( Poor Garrett. So sad. I hope he's doing better. That was heart breaking!

  12. Wow, you guys kept a snake as a pet?! Cool! And poor Garrett! He must be very crushed. May Hiss rest in piece... :(