Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sasha

Sasha


some losses are boats

built of unknown timber
they float between piers
unmoored

i wrestle with their gunnels
feel the nature
of the woods used
for hull and rail
which separate me from
water's long, hard swallow

i trace whorls
sanded and varnished
smoothed by long fingers

i hug myself hard
on salty air
hold fast
and remember to breathe

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We had to say good bye to my darling girl two weeks ago.  I am a bit adrift.

19 comments:

  1. There are no words I can say for such an immense loss....it does feel like we drift as we grieve....beautifully penned and hugs to you.

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  2. Audrey, I so know the huge hole she left behind. I admire "some losses are boats" and "water's long, hard swallow." I am so sorry you lost your precious girl.

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  3. Loss of a beloved pet leaves a grievous void in our lives. I'm sorry.

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  4. Really, Audrey, there are few losses as difficult as the loss of a beloved pet. I have been through this twice already, and of my present three dogs the oldest is now approaching 12...during these times we have to hug ourselves hard and remember to breathe indeed. My condolences to you on the loss of your sweet girl.

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  5. A beautifully expressed farewell. I'm so sorry.

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  6. "some losses are boats

    built of unknown timber
    they float between piers
    unmoored"...........I can feel this so deeply.

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  7. I remember that enormous gap that opened up in my life when my last dog died. I found it difficult to converse and and interact with others as the wound was so deep. You poem so clearly illustrates that feeling.

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  8. As long as we remember to breathe... again... and again...

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  9. Audrey, there is such an adrift feeling when your dog dies. Ted Kooser recently lost his beloved dog, and has a very similar poem that he published in American Life in Poetry. It evokes the same unsettled feeling that your poem does. http://www.americanlifeinpoetry.org/columns/detail/642

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  10. Sometimes that's all we can do - sadly

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  11. I am so sorry for your loss. Beautiful poem.

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  12. The boat is the perfect analogy here. Here's hoping for gentle waters to rock you back to yourself.

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  13. I hate it....so very sorry for your loss. We lost our last year, and another is nearing that time. No words, but tons of empathy coming your way.

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  15. I am so sorry for your loss.. this is a beautiful poem..

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  16. A beautifully written piece - tenderly rendered ... it brought a lump to my throat.

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  18. That is the biggest sorrow that can be. Remember that Sasha is now chasing butterflies up in heaven's meadow and will every be nearby remembering the love you shared with her. Hugs and love.

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