A Walk

today i took a walk

down a road I have not walked

since

I used to walk it with a friend

who can no longer walk

but still walks in my heart

so I took a walk

where we used to walk.

A four-legged friend came with me,

a friend of hers – a friend of mine. He was blue, missing you. I was too.

cats on porch

He took no notice of the cats on the porch.

lab dog in doorway

He took no notice of the open door with the labrador.

and he did not even wish to swim.

Oh, i worry about him!  Overcome with grief, he sleep walks the world.

alligator in creek

Oh, wait –

even in sadness, it pays to remain mindful.

It is i whom sleepwalk.

but it is ok – I have a good dog guarding my nap.

About eteal

Reverend Teal is a minister, chaplain, artist and storyteller. She specializes in the human-animal bond and all its healing aspects.
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