Sunday, July 22, 2012


Your father's dying, your cat's dying, your girlfirend's gone . . . your pets' heads are falling off . . .

Friday, July 13, 2012


Elizabeth Clarke called this morning.  You go over to her house and you both break down and hug each other and cry for what seems like hours, but it's really fifteen exhausting minutes.

Friday, July 6, 2012

"it's a long hard crawl"

mom is stricken, it is her state:
there will be no healing.
she has no "detachment" 
(are you kidding?)
no release
no resignation yet
no-thing but worry as dad dies

you have to be there with her
feel that with her
you have no idea
what it's like

Thursday, July 5, 2012

that time of life

nesta's old:
mangled larynx
grouchy meow
a rear-legged stutterstep here or there
saying no to the heat
fur graying around his eyes, whiskers and nose; mouth and chin
you can't feel his pain