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Too Early

The bushes are everywhere. Throughout the property, I have seen them as we take our walks. It seems they were all just in flower. She eyes the bright red berries. Glistening in sunshine. Not yet ripe—but begging to be picked. “Too early,” momma says with a sigh. We must watch them, she explains. “The birds […]

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A Meal to Remember

I watched her from my rug in the kitchen—as I always do. First she cut the lamb. An entire leg she carved, just out of reach on the countertop. Juices ran onto a cutting board. She did not discard the fat. Great hunks of meat she then placed on our grill. Would she eat this […]

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Our Field

  I miss our field, momma. What took all of Spring to grow was laid bare in the course of last evening, before the first of Summer. The hum of heavy equipment. Tractors so large, they covered much ground. Grasses, once meters high, systematically fell—exposing the contours of the earth, and a myriad of holes leading […]

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Blue Sky

I knew she could do it. When she opened the screen door we saw it—blue sky for miles. Even the clouds looked happy to me. They have done their business for days. Now the stream is full. The trees are stripped of tired limbs. And the weak among us have stepped aside. It is time […]

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Make it Shine

How I long for a sunny day. It has rained for days now. Seventeen to be exact; I have counted them.  Even the grasses bend in utter defeat. Their own weight, they can no longer bear. The dogwood blossoms have all but given up; most lie on the ground—spent before I could fully enjoy them. And […]

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Sparkle

I can feel my strength returning. “There’s a sparkle in your eyes again, my pup,” momma tells me as she places my breakfast in the bowl. I know, I tell her with a wag of my tail; I am feeling better now. Maybe tomorrow we can go down to the stream by the falls.  My […]

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Shades of Green

How many shades of green make up this view of mine? I ask her this as we wander somewhat aimlessly today. “As many as there are shades of brown in your lovely coat, I suppose, my pup,” she says as she smiles at me. As many, momma, as there are shades of white in a […]

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Impression

I never noticed it before so it got me to thinking. Just outside the barn, there’s a tiny handprint that marks the spot where one small soul has been. Declaring his presence. Leaving an impression. An indelible reminder. His mark on this world. Where, I wonder, is this little boy now? I look up at […]

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The Symphony

I heard their calls again this evening. Momma accompanied me on a walk, despite the hour. Then together we sat, in front of the house, in silence—save for the symphony around us. The rhythmic base of the bullfrog. The high-pitched trill of cicadas.  The sound of our own breathing. Under our moon, she comforted me, […]

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Fireflies

The day began early; I hope it is a long one. Up at 3:30, I pace the room, now a makeshift infirmary. Moving from towel to towel, searching for one not yet damp with my own urine. The windows are open and I am drawn to what is calling me. I hear the peepers—and something […]

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