the hole (reprise)

Poem #23 from: Memoir of a Dog (final) Back to Memoir of a Dog - Introduction and today it ends it’s over I’m standing in a hole in a garden bed at the back of the house I couldn’t bring myself to make the journey with the rest of them for the coup de gras … Continue reading the hole (reprise)

things it’s not possible to borrow

Poem #22 from: Memoir of a Dog Back to Memoir of a Dog - Introduction borrowed time what an idea time passes just one way from front to back until it runs out that’s what I’ve always thought ~ we bobbled along after sparky recovered from the operation a quiet household gratefully silent while silence … Continue reading things it’s not possible to borrow

accidental destruction save for the dog

Poem #21 from: Memoir of a Dog Back to Memoir of a Dog - Introduction I would like to tell you something uplifting I would like to give you a sense that perhaps even for such a disaster-laden disarrayed group as we had become happiness joy remained a possibility however remote could I offer that … Continue reading accidental destruction save for the dog

how much more (on a night like this)

Poem #19 from: Memoir of a Dog Back to Memoir of a Dog - Introduction eventually even the worst of things if persistent becomes normality normality of a kind the two of us are alone now utterly alone our children lost to us one claimed by an illness that has left him a shell the … Continue reading how much more (on a night like this)

uncomplaining in the midst of contraction

Poem #18 from: Memoir of a Dog Back to Memoir of a Dog - Introduction the weeks have blurred us exhausted whatever it was that we had left to act as strength there was so little to begin with there is no room to think good thoughts bad thoughts thoughts of disappearance of running no … Continue reading uncomplaining in the midst of contraction

a definition of us

Poem #15 from: Memoir of a Dog Back to Memoir of a Dog - Introduction time changes everything we have sold the property at daylesford our vigour once unflagging has dissipated in the demanding whirl of jobs and pressure stress and weariness the days dissolve between one struggle and the next while we insulate ourselves … Continue reading a definition of us