Sunday, August 3, 2014

August Burn Notice-Klamath, Oregon

August Burn Notice

The Klamath Basin pale pink morning air
Holds a chill as the sun warms
The night-settled Smoky haze
From the fires north of Medford
And south in the Siskiyou Mountains.
Rain comes variably to the ground
Lately, on rare afternoons.  Lightning
Strikes air to ground, ground to air
And fires start small, most die out.
Others become unmanageable unless Nature
Intercedes and makes heroes and heroines
Of the Hot Shots dodging death flares along the lines.

Our morning stroll in the vacant acres
Alongside the Fred Myers Big Box
Spread Tess out as she adorns herself
In the grasses and alfalfa someone bales
Not more than once a season without irrigation.
There is a crisscross of walking paths I tend
Keeping the seeds out of my shoes and socks.

Doves are flying up in front of Tess.
They have decided it’s time to congregate.
I wonder if they leave here?  Probably.
Locals tell me the snow “tends to stick” here.
Luckily they don’t have far to move
Compared to their Minnesota cousins.
We’ll see.  For now the 30 days and nights
Of August, plus one, burn with the last spears of summer
Sun thrusting its more angular rays at us.

I begin the recycling of my seasonal wanderlust.
Thoughts turn toward “the chase” as Fall sneaks in.
I recall olden days in the high desert sage and red rock
Shaggy ridges, 10,000- footers like Steens
With it’s near surface water and aspens finch yellow
Bathing the eye--some relief from the somber dusty gray-greens,
Browns and tans hiding the quail and chukars of my Paleo-mind.

This Basin is new to me.  I feel it, a stranger for now.
I watch it carefully as anyone new to place ought to.
There are signs of companionship from these hills
Leaning in toward us at holding the haze.
The Cascades are only 40 miles to ridgeline
Then north and skyward looms 9000 foot-plus, McLaughlin Peak.
And south the double-coned Shasta stays snow-clad,
Visible to me when I wander toward it and out of town.

The village mood is more like that of a colonial time here.
Hamilton was moody in its discontent with itself.
I’m gladdened by the energy of Oregonians,
Headin’ to the hills one way or another.
My mind engages in the music, writings and searches here.

Tess feels the ‘dog days’ burn of July and August more than I do.
She too anticipates that expected pleasure
Fall brings in it’s shedding of annual growth, changing hues--
Its molting.  Yes, a new fur is energizing isn’t it Tess?
‘Off with the old on with the new’.
We should shoulder a pack soon and try for some brookies
Over near Bly or Paisley.  The map shows rivers unknown to us
There.  Let’s wait for the next frost and the dampening of these fires
Head out and get lost, a man and his dog.
Let’s ignite some envy.

The ash settles each night on my car.
Our morning walks start a bit later each day
As the sun takes a moment or two longer to bare down on us.
We should find a hillside trail nearby and gain some altitude.
I’m sure it’ll pay in the long run and maybe just in time
To work our way into the Trout Creek Mountains southwest of here.
But first things first, Tess.
First things first.  We need to burn off August slash.
Sit on the porch at sundown.
Watch the red sky burn through the neighborhood trees
Until leaves are dried and brown and down.
That’s when we’ll be up to no good.
Then, we’ll go and go until winter settles into the Basin
And we can become lap dogs again.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

Oh Where, Oh Where Have I Gone

(BP)  July 7, 2014

Note the short form of the date: 7-7-14.  Huh?  Pretty simple math there.  I'm more amused by how those 7s keep popping up in my life.  I remember a bright warm July 7th day in the Year 1977 (77 back then) when I lucked onto my first crane nest in a marsh on Crex Meadows State Wildlife Management Area near Grantsburg, WI.  I took Lyn to see it or maybe she was my luck that day.  It's too long ago now. 

Today, I'm typing this blog post from my new house in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  I probably would have waited for another day, but somehow the magic of the date forced my handand here I  sit writing something, maybe nothing poignant or enlightening (that's probably redundancy itself in those word choices, but on I go). 

It's hot here these past few days.  When I moved here I had checked the monthly average temperatures and I'd like to remark now that average temperatures for a day or a month or a year remain meaningless.  When you live a day in a place with a history of average temperatures on the books you find that this 99 degree day is way off the average temperature for the month of July in Klamath Falls.  In person, one could wonder why the hell I picked this spot to live in, when I could have lived anywhere I could afford the rent and that works out to be just about anywhere on a city to city basis.  (There's a ghetto in just about every city these days you know and I can afford rent in a ghetto).  Tess, poor Tess is in a "Dog Days" frame of mind and activity.  She rises, moves around the house, twirls a bit and lays back down as if she might have found an escape from the heat her coat holds against her pink skin.  I try to imagine how hot it is inside that dog that uses a tongue for an air conditioner while our entire skin has the ability to sweat and, given some air movement, cool us down.  I should buy her an air conditioner, give her one of the spare rooms in this three bedroom house and treat her like the dignitary she believes she is around here.  The nights are supposed to be in the low 60's this week.  Moving toward the high 50's as the week melts away.

I just now finished a reading of Pablo Neruda's poems; "Odes to Opposites" selected and illustrated by Ferris Cook and translated by Ken Krabbenhoft.  Whoa!  I'm still in a state of 'stundedness' which is not a word probably, but who says it ain't?  I get my organic juice from such reading.  Damn!  He just takes a word, like; "Spring" or "Joy" or "Secret Love" and writes these 'follow the bouncing ball' kinds of poems of which any one of them would allow me to wrap up my poeting career before my death and sail off into the sunset grinning like the demon I am suspected of being cloaked in my heathenistic birthday suit.  Ahh, but Neruda's not like that.  He's like Walt Whitman in his commitment to 'his song' and that it might just be important that somebody reads it, absorbs it, reacts to it in a joyful manner and lives happily somewhat thereafter.  Neruda can't help himself he writes to us.  He has to do this writing life he's lived.  He gets up early, writes and throws the musical score of his words out there hit or miss, for better or worse, for richer or poorer until death do take him apart.  My reading is, for me, like playing a game a bingo where at the end of every poem I yell out; "Bingo!!!", but no one hears me and I don't get a pile of cash or a free pass to the next pancake and sausage breakfast put on by the Knights of Columbus.  I get a vortex in my gray matter and I have to shake my head in disbelief of his effort to make me understand what he calls his calling, 'writing about the wonders of the world' just for us.  I'm too stupid to be a poet.  That's why I call what I sometimes do with words in a free-verse poetic format, "poeting".  Yes, that makes me a work in progress rather and a polished gem like Neruda.  He writes poems.  I write at them.  Like an amateur archer shoots at a target with a "bullseye".  My target is a flushing out of my collected memory on a subject with hope of a "hook" somewhere near the end that will make me joyful and maybe someone who reads it will admit that they "get it" (what ever that means).

So.  Here I am.  Klamath Falls, Oregon or Bust for at least a year (or I pay a penalty for breaking my 12 month lease).  I seem to have lost my sense of migration.  My focus on "migrating" until I find a home:  My "boll weevil" experience has ended for the time being (that's us humans you know, "time beings").  I'll admit to some projects in the works.  A memoir about my dad's life of course.  That is crawling along at the speed of a tortoise, but it's on my mind often.  I'll keep at it and have to return to Minnesota for a bit more genealogy work and some verification of the lies I'm telling in it up to this point.  Books take time and money.  We'll see which I run out of first.

I also have this nifty project going on Norman Maclean's story; "USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky".  That is a great story and of course I left all the data for that one back in Hamilton, Montana.  A great excuse to go back there and dig a bit deeper into the history of that story so I can produce something to satisfy myself for what Norman's writings have meant to my desire to be a writer.

The latest find is a story poem about the Japanese bomb balloons they sent our way toward the end of WWII.  Near here is Bly, Oregon where a monument commemorating five children and a Sunday School marm.  All were killeed when  they found such a balloon and it exploded after one of them messed with it while on a picnic in the woods about 10 miles NE of Bly.  I was consumed by the little history I found on that event and have now laid down and outline of a multi-part poem to keep that story alive as it deserves to be written about for it's irony if not it's tragedy.  They were the only war casualties on American soil during WWII.  I'm closest to the data for that piece so it'll keep me digging here for the joy-juice I need to finish that project.

Yes, that's why I'm here.  No matter where I stopped in my migration, the purpose was to enter the writing life and pay my dues until I get released from this desire I have to write, to be a "writer" even if this blog or some e-Book is the result of my time and effort.  I mean what else do I really have to do I? f I can get a jazzed up about dates like 7-7-77 or 7-7-14, I mean, come on...

So here's to a great adventure almost finished.  I plan to travel to Portland, OR; Olympia, WA; and Marysville, WA yet this summer, but I've already driven back to Hamilton and picked up my belongings and toted them back here to KFalls.  I'm settling.  "Sticking" is what it's called out West.  Yet, as Ry Cooder keeps singing in my ear, "How can you keep moving if you don't migrate too", seems to rise up within me every so often and if it don't stop I'll be "on the road again".  We'll see or at least I will.  I'm not sure who is reading this or paying any attention to this one man band.  STOP.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tote That Pack, Run That Dog

Spring is sneaking up on us this year.  Cagy critter not taking any chances that we will get all carried away and try to turn dirt in the flower beds or the garden.  Tess and I have been walking all winter along the Bitterroot River in Hamilton.  Yesterday felt like spring might be hatching.  I stuffed a little weight in my backpack, grabbed a water bottle (Tess can drink out of the river), found a little bag of jerky and we were off for our first five-miler of the year.

I drove the SUE BLUE RUE to a game and fish fishing access, parked and Tess and I piled out as if we were heading into the Bob Marshall for a week.  Bridge to bridge I estimate a five mile hike for me and twice that for Tess of course.  All went well, some aches at sundown and a pill each and we slept like babies.  I'm going to try to do every-other-day like this for a week to give Tess a chance and, well, me too ya know, to get the hang of it.  I'll keep increasing my pack loads and soon get her a pack to carry her food for those two or three day hikes I'm planning now and then this summer. 

So, the real work begins for a summer of Travels with Tess. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Winter Passing The Baton

I hear the cars going past this little house I rent on Main Street.  A rash of snowstorms plopped down on Hamilton like a child jumping into his parents morning bed.  Buried for days it seemed; all white and shovel bent the neighborhood worked away at it daily last week.  The enthusiasm for shoveling was out of nostalgia that, "It only lasts a few days.  We don't get much snow in Hamilton, you know?"  Yet, by about day 10 of snow every night and shoveling the fluff of it every morning the snow carolers came later and later to the sidewalks of Main Street to meet their public obligation of clearing the way for the odd pedestrian.  And now, today, the slush sounds like a concert tympani section giving its cymbals irregular dulled collisions as the slush is thrown against my car and the neighbors and the rest.  Rain, too, gets in the mix and, "She is a mess out there, Tess.  We should wait for our walk today.  Maybe post a blog to slow us down a bit."

I welcome the finish of it.  Winter is not my friend so much anymore.  It's beauty never frowns or smiles as Baudelaire would say of "Beauty".  And soon it'll be dry as hell and turning toward hot and the sullenness of this little valley will return to its comfortable prognostications of what is "normal".  

I have enough to do rain or shine.  Shine is nice though as Tess comes home from the "run" a bit more wore out and not quite so muddied as she'll be later today sniffing the rivers edge and calibrating every organic bit of matter that comes within nose range.  If noses were Glocks, we'd all be dead, given dogs like Tess with her absolutely certain sense of smell.  I wondered about that yesterday with my cribbage partners at the River Rising Coffee House.  "What if we could see smells?", I asked them.  "Well", one responded, "we can see some."  I could not answer this.  I did not have the data he did for such a response.  I did suggest we could see things that smell.  "But", I continued, "What if we could see the smell itself? Wouldn't our world be a bit tipsy then?"

It reminds me I have to get busy on a poem that came knocking on my noggin in thoughts of death the other day.  No!  I'm not lingering there in the graveyard much anymore, but people keep dying in the neighborhood and their obits seem to want me to read them, especially those young lives lost that had so much more going for them at 21 or so than I did.  And now they will not flower as I once did.  While now I find myself in the vase on the mantle a bit dehydrated from neglect, petals dropped and brown, calyxes curled to a crisp. "What if our soul is outside our bodies? What if everything outside our bodies is our soul as we like to imagine a "soul" being a something or other that has a type of permanence?"  I know, I have to think about the frailty of that brain fart.  But, when they come, I'm lost for a while in thought about the idea until I figure out whether the poem really wants out or is just teasing.

All my teaching says to look "in".  Now, I'm pretty certain after so many years of getting data from "out there" and so little from "inside" to work with, I can only assume I'm on to something worth a few lines and a bit of dream-scaping.  As this body that drags my brain around gets into shape for the last kick at the cat and I don't sense a soul so much "in there", just thoughts and memories and some days some serious gurgling from my guts I get a tingle to write to the soul that might be "out there".  And maybe that old adage that, "Her soul has left her" is a bit short on the answer.  Maybe it never was in her.  Maybe it was always out there and that's why our brain keeps poking us to get off our asses and get out of the blackness of the interior and get hunting for sun-ripened huckleberries this late July.  I know when Mike is picking and eating hucks there ain't no doubt in my mind that his soul is rubbing off blue on his fingers as he stuffs his face in the bear's patch on that far away rim overlooking the Clarks Fork Valley below his perch on high. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Linda Shelley Was Found Dead Last Sunday

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Ron Crete
Hamilton, Montana

The body of Linda Shelley was found Sunday by a man out walking.  She had huddled down in a dense clump of willows behind a local grocery store only a block from a 24-hour convenience store.  In fact, in an area I run Tess and many others walk or run their dogs as well.  Any of us could have found her.  Some of her friends and other compassionate persons who knew her had helped her pay some of her monthly bills, rent, etc., but for some reason Linda went for her last walk last Saturday night or a night or two before that and her body gave in to hypothermia as she nested in that harbor of willows.

I followed the story for a few days.  Watched the line or two given to her unusual death on Missoula television and felt the entire community waking up to the simple fact some people go homeless in our backyards and for some human reason cannot be helped out of their solitude or aloneness, preferring to pass up any more of the same life they have been experiencing for too long.  Of course maybe there was a "blip" in her brain that turned off her normal survival instincts and she didn't know what she was doing.  I'm going with the previous conjecture until the police tell us more.  For now, Linda Shelley is dead.

There seems to be a mood that settles over a small town like Hamilton when such, almost paranormal, bad things happen like Linda Shelley's death.  First, there seems to be a rash of odd crimes that show up.  One just now getting court time is a death by a stomp in the belly apparently by a friend or acquaintance who didn't like something the dead guy said about the accused girlfriends hair or some such nonsense.  A political story of an appointed official is another quirk of fate that has our town humming.  A woman who was supposed to be accounting for the county (i.e., County Treasurer, appointee) seems to have missed the opportunity to make the numbers work in a timely manner.  How many numbers can a county 25,000 or so people have to contend with.  Then, a winter settles into Hamilton that might be quite normal on a scale of 100 years, but it happens at a time when there is much acrimony in the community mind about things just generally being a little on the "whacked" side of customary life.  Like I said, a "rash" of misfortune seems to be tripping a wire that causes a chain of actions like a Rube Goldberg contraption and the little burg of Hamilton is in a tizzy.

There is an emotional haze that hovers over our little town right now too.  I'm a poet.  I can feel it.  Does anyone else sense that our normal rotation is a bit out of alignment with Highway 93 where it crosses Main Street?  You know what I mean.  People are thinking about these occurrences they are not used to spending time mentally processing.  It's not as strong as you would feel if the world had warmed up a whole degree on average in a day, but it's the kind of "pulse check" a community doesn't take very often.  We are in the middle of a community mentally checking it's vital signs.  And, to be honest, I sense there is probably much talk over coffee about it going on too.  Maybe, just maybe, we are taking a time-out.  We have gone to our perspective corners and like children gone off the acceptable line of behavior, we Hamilton adults are rechecking our math seeking answers to a few too many things we don't usually pay any attention to.

So, that sense pushed a poem out of me yesterday and I tried to send it to the Ravalli Republic to publish on the Op Ed Page.  They can't publish poems because they can't verify "authorship".  Now that seems to me to be a chink in the armor of reality in itself and a further indication that our world of rapid and mass media is gone a bit out of tune with community conversation.  I emailed it to them.  I would have hand carried it to them and signed the damn thing if they said they had a protocol for such.  No matter.  I'm happy just blogging it today and letting Linda Shelley rest in peace.

Pax Nabisco.


Ode to Linda Shelley  (1953-2014)
I did not know you.
You have some fame now
Though, and some who still care
Grieve through your strange tragic passing.

We want to know why
You chose the cave
Of willows to hold you
As you passed into deep sleep--

Timelessness-- while we linger
Wondering of your courage.
Were your thoughts so far
From us, your town, more perfect

Than any words of hope or comfort
We offered you in this life? Could
We have been a shelter
That kept you with us a while longer?

You did not take much from us
As you wandered in and out
Of a few lives asking little;
Even durable company, not.

I wonder, were you seeking comfort there?
I know willows and they say
They forever bend to save themselves
From wind or the freezing cold of winter.

Sleep well then, now in your chosen place.
Let us wonder where we did not hear your
Calling out, or see you turning in for the long night.
There, where the wisp of the willow coddled you.

We have now thought deeply of your life.
Cannot imagine it for ourselves.
Yet your inclination to let Nature
Take you in ought to warm us as an ending.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Garden Gate

The Garden Gate

Children ride the garden gate
Not aware it might unhinge.
That chore of worry is for watchful parents
Standing somewhat crooked
Back-pressed by a gloved hand-heel
In the bountiful row of red tomatoes.
The garden work of children simply
The squealed glee of childhood.
Innocence experimenting with the squinching
Rusted hinge calling all able hands
To Summer’s sweet whiffs
Musky soil harrowed around
The tempting fruits of waning daylight.

Within each gardener
A sense of reward for daily toil
Far from the pleasured memories
Those layering childhood lessons
Stamped in the blossoming minds
To be carried long as remembered times.

The baskets of vegetables,
Those wide brimmed wire-handled, leg-spreading
Heavy, back heaving woven carriers
Filled with color;
Red, green, or orange,
And textures;
Hairy, prickly, or smooth and of scents
Sour, sweet, acrid or erotic.
No child of a gardener goddess
Forgets those pussy-willow soft years
Leading up to gardening as “dirty” teenage chore.

Each sensation of a grandmother’s garden
Is stored and binds family as one life.
A place where shredded, sliced and diced
Offerings are tasted and liked or “patooeed”;
When family dinners exhaust words muttered mouthed-full,
And family rituals, no matter how seldom
Shared, are felt as certainty and pride of relatedness.

With time the gate hinge opens
Others go in and out
Creating their own world
Trying new angles of light, water and seeded soil.
Children walk off to school, then fly
Driving away from graduation,
Shedding rice after sworn vows,
Bearing children and someday too,
Fixing the gate and tilling  good soil.

Then once upon a day
A life nears closing time.
 The elder assumed family journalist
The one always outside the pictured
Rituals that make family a house-hold
Is stricken and changed.  Her body turns on her mind.
Where once she stood erect and watchful,
Where measured stride was effortlessly fluid and wild,
Where yard-sticked new ones  measured inches of pride.
And  too, those children now parents
Still offered hard earned confidence
A salve on a world of impossible sprains
For those parents of children growing to soon wise.

No longer bent above the rows,
Unable to hoist the wire-handled harvest to wagon
She stands by, unable to wildly swing the hammock held child.
Somehow the new squealers seem more joyful
To the greying grandmother.
And time offers no reward for a life pressed hard
Against decades of twisted and turned
Cucumber vines of career journeys--
A new set of children dirtied in new-turned rows
Their houses now in towns
More rooms but less dirt for the growing plot.
Places where no gate harbors the harvest
For the new faces and voices.

Then, a gift is offered.
And a life becomes memories of that specially rolled crust--
The perfect golden custard squash pie;
A measured life goes beyond prime fruitfulness.
Courage enlightens through an unpredictable
Fractured future to become wisdom gifted. 
At last, she is released from knowing when to let
The tortured body’s clock unwind, when to leave
The chase in the biological accounts of young stout hearts.

When do we let the land have its way with us?
When will it take back its fuel for its perpetual renewal?
Maybe after hearing one last time, “Close the gate,”
As though the sanctity of humanity needed secure latching.

She holds us now to a silent creed;
An ancient nurturing instinct, a dance
Ever so gently and gaily performed and taught.
Her grace spoken:
“Enter the garden lovingly.
Swing on the gate you little rascals. 
Sprout and continue my never-ending story.”

How Many Seconds in a Year?

Friends, Family and Countrymen:

A year.  That's what Valentine's Day signals for me now; another year.  It's more like New Years Day than a 'honey-bun' day.  Yet, in some ways it's still nice to be aware that couples are thinking deeply about the other, the soulmate, the wife, the hubby and doing something a little out of the ordinary or an oo-la-la-lot out of the ordinary.  To those of you supposedly in love who are passing up your daily or once a year chance to indulge yourselves in what it means to be "in love" go out and get yourself spanked, hard and long, you idiots.  If you're inclined to let bullshit get in the way of that little bit of time you get on this planet with someone at least remotely compatible with your needs and your offerings, I can only lower my head and want to kick dirt on your shoes for making such a bad call on a "fastball right down the pipe".

To those of you offering me so much time to walk along and console me I'm feeling loved and I've learned from you.  In this year, together, or with me out a wandering alone, time has been by biggest companion.  Lots of it.  A year after a death as personal as Lyn's was to me (more so to her of course) time's pace was as much of the pain as the achy-breaky heart syndrome I worked to overcome.  A year is a lot of seconds.  And I feel I counted each one as something remembered, felt or imagined coming into that moment and taunting me into considering it; wanted to or not.  I feel I lived that entire year more so than all the other 64 years of my, starting to smell like an old person, life.  Something about the "replacement" exercises of that aloneness I've written or talked to you about--that "object" word that is really a verb, "replacing".  It is where a "re-placing of time as it stands still beside and inside.  And it is immovable until it is a noun, "replacement".  Then you can hop over it or jump around whatever it is.  Mostly though I want to say thank you for being with me all year and continuing on if you can (I ought to be able to pay you back somehow in time).  I know, I just said it was so very long, but it's intensity taught me much about dealing with the time I have left. 

I must tell you I have no idea what the meaning of life or death is after this year.  It makes so sense to me either way.  What an outcome.  You head into grieving believing you're going to come out the other side (or not caring if you do or not) and once passing through you suspect your gain will be insight into the "Why Me?", "What is the point of it all", "Oh, I get it" questions all answered up and neatly packed into your backpack and ready for the next walk or stroll through Life's Park.  Nope.  Not a clue.  Clueless, is a better or best term I can come up with.  I think this outcome shortens my life in many ways.  It was so much fun ignoring the lack of aim of a life for 64 years that I actually just became "me" and learned about "others" and fa la la la la, la la la laa'd into the comma my brain wants me to be in.  It's like the Kroll's Cafe commercials in Fargo where two German crones come on TV to tell about their cafe, those silver bullet diners and their catch phrase is, "Shut up and Eat?".  Damn!!  That's about it for me now.  A year digging into the soul of my soul and I come out completely uncertain about almost everything I felt some certainty toward before.  You know like "truth".  Pretty stable idea in life for most, but "truth" is on a string and it swings like an old hanging bridge over an ancient forest's river artery.  What a great invention our brains.  And to head into today and beyond realizing it's best advice and clearest message is going to be, "Shut up and eat!"  It's enough I'm sure, to send many folks off looking for the answer in a bible or from the flapping jaws of da preacher man. 

I'm different without her.  Also, my mom and dad, David's wife Jane, Lyn's brother Lewis, all dying during that time Lyn and I spent walking around her death messenger on the farm have affected my psyche in the sense that I hardly realized they were dying right before my very eyes, while all the time I could only see Lyn and be steady to aid her if she ever called out.  Those almost seven years of tending to her cancer beast and her needs took her away from me one day at a time until she reached a point about five years in where we started to become separate in our thoughts and deeds of living as farmers.  She made time then, once my parents were secured in their vaults in hallowed ground, Jane too, to think about her life and her kids and their kids and our time together as the package of her life.  It absorbed her somewhat more than I expected.  I had imagined that there would be great chats about "life" and the "pursuit of happiness", but that was not Lyn's style.  "Let it be" was Lyn's style and she worked at farming while her mind worked at letting go of her ailing body, that cancer that was chewing on her like a dog trying to chew up an entire elk carcass alongside the highway.  We didn't grow apart, really.  We didn't fall out of love.  Intimacy was pretty damn sweet.  But, she was leaving me way back when and I was walking a thin line of life without her back as far back as 2011, just after dad died, as if she had met her last obligation to the family that adopted her unconditionally.  It's a torture I will not recommend, but I know so many others have lived it and know more about its feel and effect than I can describe in these paragraphs.  Some others in my family, like Carol, lost husband and child in one fell swoop of the grim reapers sickle and my feelings are real for that, but distracted as I worked with Lyn to enjoy every last moment of her last wish to nurture a little farm and all it's living things.  That's who she was all her life, Nature's handmaid.

I wrote a poem last night thinking of Lyn and its what it is and will probably find this post tomorrow as I look at it again today and remember what it is the poem was trying to say.  Why it seemed to have to come out and get some fresh air.  You know, what poems tend to do; show up, mostly not to be read by many or even a few, but just to be out in the light for their time.  Like the lives we live; just a little sunshine goes a long way in a life.  I think that is all I have to say for now about this right of passage I'd gladly take out of life's formula if I were in charge.  And, I'd also try to leave more bread crumbs along the pathways of my fellow beasts so the pointlessness of it all; life and death, would not have to be so painful.