his nest

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as Sam settles into the last seasons of life . the aged dog draws me into the yard

winter grass feels like a soft nest to him while we sit each day . gathering four o clock light

yucca pods in our yard confirm what I already feel and hold close to my heart

that simple beauty is found in a spent shell . open and curved . reaching towards blue

among natures palette in shades from sepia to gray . smooth and texture

there is understanding in a patch of january garden between a dog and me


26 comments:

deb colarossi said...

oh, Elk .
How profound.

mrs mediocrity said...

oh my, this just brought tears to my eyes.

xoxo

kimmie said...

so much understanding here - you are a dear heart

S. Etole said...

tears ... and love

becky said...

You always manage to give meaning to every moment...a wonderful habit!!

elizabeth said...

so much love and tenderness and wisdom here.

sending love to you and sam as i wipe away a tear.

Country Girl said...

Brings back memories. So many of us have had companions in this stage of life. My heart is breaking.

Joan Elizabeth said...

You are building soft memories to look back on.

Tracy said...

...and there is such deep understanding in your dreamy, tender images and words of grace, Elk. I am happy to join you & Sam in the nest for a moment. :o) Happy weekend ((HUGS))

emily wierenga said...

"that simple beauty is found in a spent shell." such a profound statement friend. a very touching post... love you.

Oliag said...

Such a sweet picture of Ben...a golden in his golden years. It is so difficult watching a pet age...our dog is 16 years old now and starting to show it and I just lost a beloved elder cat. Love your words...this is like a poem:)

margie said...

give him a pat for me.

Leslie said...

i was thinking along similar lines yesterday... and as the owner of an elderly dog myself, i recognize your sam's attitude of graceful, grateful, repose.

Nacole said...

Elk!

have i inadvertently found you? i believe we met at Craig's and i saw you on Emily's imperfect prose link-up this week, so popped over! we are neighbors there this week! im the one entitled "Gazelle Sprinting @sixinthesticks", when in fact, the correct post title is "Us Just Dust". feel free to visit.

the prose and photography here are just astounding.

blessings and love,

Nacole

Jennifer Richardson said...

nuzzle your sweet Sam
slowly.
I'm so glad for the comfort
of the nest
he finds
with you:)
oh (sniff) friend.
beautiful in every way,
this,
and I thank you.
-Jennifer

d smith kaich jones said...

i sat here and cried. at the beauty in the last days, at the hardness of it, at your words - i can see the two of you in the afternoon light, sam nestling close to the earth. a nest.
bless you both.

xoxo my sweet friend.

Marcie said...

And so - I'm crying. It's so sad..so hard when the dogs we love get old.

christinemyoung said...

I'm so touched and tearfilled <3

beth said...

this is amazingly heartfelt by all who have read it....

sophie just turned 15 and i often wonder now....how much longer.

being here in the warmth has made her feel terribly lively and that's a good thing. i think snow and cold only brings arthritis :(
xo

maccandace said...

Sam is a beautiful dog. So sweet that he has such a loving, caring mom and so many comforts.

Renee Howell said...

Oh, the season's of life. may be treasure the moments. a hug to you and Sam. There is nothing like the bond between a pet and his or her tribe of people.

spread your wings said...

oh, sweet Sam - he looks so peaceful sleeping there, soaking in the light. and the warmth of you by his side

Sonya Kanelstrand said...

Oh my, an aging dog touches me. Remind me of my own best friend of 15 years. People who have never had a dog cannot grasp the connection being made. My dog was my angel. I know how weird and immature this sounds. A patch of lonely years between her and me.

Becca said...

Oh my...sweet Elk...words have escaped me through my tears...hugs to you!

Jewels said...

what a dear soul, both of you!

Gayle at Planet M Files said...

Oh, elk, this brought tears to my eyes. Sweet Sam.