Watching you slow and lose your step
Sends me jumping to your side
To be for you what you no longer are.
The strong, running legs that never failed
As you chased your ball, the squirrels, a cookie
Hidden in a blanket for your seeking pleasure.
And now you hardly enjoy the sun anymore
Where before you’d play for hours outside
As clouds passed overhead and grasses held you softly.
Yet I watch and see your upturned nose
Catch a whiff of yesterday in the passing autumn breeze
Is it bringing a bit of joy and spring back to you?
If so, breathe it in sweet girl!
And remember how life once was
When everything worked and sleep was easy.
Your bright eyes and velvet ears fail so trust
The scents and your memory
To bring you home to all that feels right.
And as you lie here beside me on this rare occasion
soaking up a bit of afternoon warmth
I wonder does your age feel on you as mine does on me?
For I too have eyes and ears that are not
What they were when we first met
And creaky joints that speak to me louder than before.
So my dear sweet companion, in your gentle grace
I will take cues from you on aging as we
Pass through these final days together.
I expect you to tell me when you’ve had enough
And find it is time to move forward
Leaving me behind to sit on this porch solo.
Yet I suspect I won’t truly be alone
For I will find you in every neighborhood path walked,
Every snowfall bringing a good ball digging day,
And fishing on the dock at sunset.
These are some of your favorite things that will
Bring you back to me and how reassured I am knowing