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Dogs 2018

A NEW FRIEND
(12/10/18)


you can't
always tell
at first

if they're
sticking around
or not

but when
the weeks

the months
pass by

and they are
still
with you

you know
that you have
something
special

it's not
so much
that the old
aches

the chronic
conditions
have diminished
in their
importance

that they
aren't
still welcomed
in their own
ways

but fresh
pain
is always
a revelation

a mystery

a reminder
of mortality

something
to keep us
grateful
for the miracle
of those more
healthy days
of the past

it's comforting
to have
these constant
companions

a portable
family
of affliction

even
when alone
our consciousness
seemed filled
with their
presence

minimal
agonies
to focus
our remaining
days

helping
hands
to guide us
to the grave