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October 7, 2021

Still Life-prints

Still Life-prints

poem by Alice Jane-Marie Massa

Turning away from people and pets in the dual waiting rooms,

angling aside from the U-shaped counter opposite

from where my Leader Dog Willow and I stood,

the young man concentrated on camouflaging grieving tears.

“Do you want a paw print?”

the receptionist routinely asked the twenty-something

once-upon-a-recent-time pet owner.

Across the large reception area,

there was no room,

no easy opportunity

to say:

“I’m sorry for your loss.  Take care.

The paw print will help.”

Why do we want or need

paw prints at times of loss,

baby footprints

at times of birth,

handprints at times of wet cement?

Fortunately, no one will find comfort

from my big foot print.

(From the size of my feet,

I know I should have been taller.)

I also know I should have offered sympathy

to the sad young man,

so he and his loved pet are still in my thoughts.

All I can offer now

and at the time of my passing

are not my footprints,

but still poem-prints

to give comfort

to the known and unknown.

* * *

NOTE:  This posting is a day later than usual because I finally completed my move across the courtyard shortly before five o’clock this evening.  With Leader Dog Willow at my side, I certainly hope to be settled here for a number of years–settled so that I can return to writing more.  Lying on a soft bed beside my computer desk, Willow is quite happy also and is lightly snoring as I write.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy October!

Alice and Leader Dog Willow

October 7, 2021, Thursday


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  1. this is a heartfelt reminder of the transitory life of all living things – including ourselves.
    I’ll be thinking of this today as I take Miss Dixie Tulip to the vets for her monthly shot.

    • Hi, Lynda–Thank you for reading this post and commenting.  I hope that
      you and Miss Dixie Tulip are fine on this Friday.

      More soon!  Take care–Alice and Willow

  2. Annie Chiappetta permalink


    Your kind heart glows in this poem.

    Ann Chiappetta, Author

    ` Making meaningful connections with others through writing `

    914.393.6605 Facebook Annie Chiappetta

    “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

    * Joseph Campbell

    • Hi, Annie–Many thanks for reading this post and leaving such a nice comment!
      Happy weekend!
      Alice and Willow

  3. McKendry, Susan permalink

    Losing a precious companion is unfortunately the price we must pay for the years of comfort and joy that the companion provided for us. All of mine will get an extra few hugs and pets today after reading this moving blog.

    • Hi, Sue–Willow and I send you many thanks–for this comment and so much more!
      Best always–Alice and Willow

  4. mfanyo permalink

    Such a beautiful and heartfelt poem, Alice! I’m so thankful that you are settled in your new/old home and will have more time to create poem-prints with your dear Willow at your side,

    Love and Best Wishes,

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