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Old 01-22-2019, 09:30 PM   #501 (permalink)
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That is lovely.
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:26 PM   #502 (permalink)
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Mary Oliver's passing is surely a loss...but what a legacy to leave behind.
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Old 01-23-2019, 10:12 AM   #503 (permalink)
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January 23, 2019

BENJAMIN, WHO CAME FROM WHO KNOWS WHERE

What shall I do?

When I pick up the broom

he leaves the room.

When I fuss with kindling he

runs for the yard.

Then hes back, and we

hug for a long time.

In his low-to-the-ground chest

I can hear his heart slowing down.

Then I rub his shoulders and

kiss his feet

and fondle his long hound ears.

Benny, I say,

dont worry. I also know the way

the old life haunts the new.


~ Mary Oliver

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Old 01-23-2019, 11:41 AM   #504 (permalink)
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^ that photo captures a special instant of "romps" doesn't it
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Old 01-23-2019, 01:31 PM   #505 (permalink)
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I just came in from clearing my driveway and sidewalk w/the snow blower. The snow is deep enough that I decided I better do what I do at some point each winter and carve a network of dog trails throughout the yard for ease of peeing and pleasantness of sniffing.

I did that and was standing in the yard, enjoying the blue sky that just came out, thinking about the intense cold we have coming for the weekend. I looked down and realized I needed to make a short connector path so that everyone could cross over from one particular trail to the sidewalk, a distance of about 5 feet.

Picking up the shovel, I made the connection, then called everybody. Daisy plowed straight through the deep snow from trail to trail, even though it's up to her neck, making a straight line. Frank ran around the perimeter path and came up the sidewalk--this is a weird thing that he does even when there is no snow, ALWAYS up the sidewalk, never right straight across the yard. And Russia, the gazelle girl, leaped lightly from one trail to another, avoiding the deep snow in between, taking a direct but elegant path.

I laughed, watching them. Each one had come across the yard to me in a way that clearly expressed their personality. Daisy is absolutely fearless, taking life head on in true terrier fashion. Franklin is an oddball, quirky but so endearing (at least when he's not being naughty). And Russia wants what she wants, but has a definite style and delicacy in getting it so that you don't realize you've been had until much later...

And then I got tears in my eyes. I love each of them so very, very much, and by now, I know just how badly it will hurt when I lose them. Daisy and I are running out of time, I know. She will be 15 in the spring, and has been in end-stage renal failure for almost a year now. She's slowly losing weight, even though I feed her as much as she will hold. She gets confused sometimes, even in familiar surroundings and with usual routines. She sleeps a lot and wakes up hard sometimes. But she is still in there. She is very much still in there.

So I treasure every moment with my 3 dear friends. They are beautiful, intelligent, goofy, naughty, silly, curious, loving, wise creatures. I am surely the most fortunate person in all the world!
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Old 01-23-2019, 02:41 PM   #506 (permalink)
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HP, I feel blessed too, with Billie's love in the here and now, and Jack watching over me from heaven.
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Benjamin in the poem must've been a Bassett Hound. I love the last 2 lines. True for people as well as dogs. Very moving.
HP it's wonderful how you adore your special friends. They're fortunate too.
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we continue here:

https://www.soberrecovery.com/forums...-part-5-a.html (Earth Prayers, Part 5)

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