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HOKKU #5

The pot-bellied stove;

an old couple rocking slowly —

into the night.

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HOKKU #4

Icy hills;

Children bobsledding–

Into the future.

HOKKU #3

A Winter photograph;

My Father and five Uncles–

crumbling to dust.

HOKKU #2

Buried under snow,

Spring valleys lie waiting–

for the Sun.

HOKKU #1

Icy stream flowing,

slowly the huge carp feeds —

frigid morning.

 

SNOW

A thin ridge of snow

on each thin Maple branch —

silently building

HARMONY

I remember HARMONY as a puppy

how she would nip at my shoes as we walked

through the dried brown grass on a Texas summer day,

how she would look up at the kitchen cabinet asking

for a single slice of bread, how she loved her tummy rubbed

by the cobbled red brick fireplace, how she loved to patrol

the fences of our back yard and dig a small hole under the fence

so Goldie her partner in canine crimes could slip into the

neighbor’s yard to play with their small  dog. I remember

how we would hang a Christmas stocking stuffed with

Christmas doggie treats and sometimes a new collar.

I remember how she sat on the floor next to my chair waiting

for anything I would give her from the dinner table and then

would go drink water from her bowl.

Years pass,,,five, ten  or so…Harmony is diagnosed with cancer…

long weeks of treatments which made her very ill…but she survived.

Then, one bitter cold rainy Winter day I put her outside to do

what all dogs do…she slumped and couldn’t get up.

I rushed her inside the house, dried her off, wrapped her

in a thick blanket and took her to our Vet.

He told us he would do all he could and told us

to go home and rest.

He called us the next morning with no news, just

that we should come.  Arriving at the Vet’s office,

we found her on the table, weak but alive.

The Vet whispered something in my ear, gave

Harmony an injection, and I petted her until

she went to sleep and for what seemed like hours afterword.

Sleep tight, my precious Harmony...

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