Saturday, March 9, 2013

prints

they won't last long, these prints.
i've noticed all winter
the layering of soil, sand, and snow
how my boot prints show up time and again
and occasionally a wendy print
besides all the others:
cat (bobcat?), deer, dogs, turkey, little rodents... 
so the snow will melt this weekend they say
and i will place more rocks on the cairn that covers
my friend.
strange, how the days were shaped around her
and i didn't even know it.

30 comments:

Valerianna said...

Wendy's prints... how beautiful.

kathyd said...

i think it is the conversations that i have with my dogs that i miss when they are gone . each one of my heeler"s have been so different .
i still miss my last heeler even though i have a new one . but they are all special.
thinking of you today .
kathyd

Ms. said...

When the last loved companion critter left, gone the way of all flesh, for weeks I had the moment when I put my key in this lock--"She's not here"--the thought would rise and vibrate. Inside the door a great emptiness invaded me, palpable as a presence. It passed. It took some time. Love to you.

mansuetude said...

Speechless

Anonymous said...

I think the loss of a long-beloved pet must feel like when a child leaves home. We shape our days around our family...and when they move on...we notice the blocks of emptiness.
hugs...and may grace fill that awful space
claudia

Susan said...

I have been thinking of you. I love how you said it. They do shape our days.

It's so hard, even when you know it's coming. I had never really been alone in my own house for 14 years and I had never ever thought about that until our pup was gone.

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

i thought maybe a casting of the print would be a good thing but probably too soft and not enough time. it's amazing how prints attract us - even in the city if i see foot prints (other then man made) i'm drawn to them and smile. a cairn, how fitting, a marker to find your way when lost. she'll always bring you home. x

Jan Ward said...

Watch for more signs. They may take your breath away yet continue connect you to her in the most spirit filled way.

Velma Bolyard said...

you are all wonderful and kind. i like each comment, i like this: watch for more signs. i couldn't stop because it seems that what i do all the time, like some people watch for birds or insects, i look for deepenings.

Jennifer said...

Tears are flowing...

jude said...

and yes, the snow is melting.

Velma Bolyard said...

jennifer and jude, maybe tears are just a part of snow? though, i always eat snow and haven't tasted it salty yet!

india flint said...

my first dog, a German Shepherd, passed in 1986...and still opens the back door in the old house [it has a horizontal handle he could manage with his paw] to come in.

but these days he no longer bothers pushing it shut with his nose.

there are always signs.

Margaret said...

I've been away; I'm so sorry; I didn't know. Bless her...bless you...bless the prints of her memory on your heart.

Kristin said...

I still see Wendy in your photographs, like an ephemeral mist, she is still there accompanying you.

jan b. said...

yes indeed, they do shape our days ... and teach us (a bit of) discipline, and ... how to enjoy the moment.

Cait Throop said...

Yes...

Nancy said...

...footprints on your heart...
she walks with you still. My words are weak, but my feelings are strong

Barry said...

V- a cairn - what a beautiful way to mark Wendy's passing - a place to visit and say hi and add another stone by way of thanks - maybe even one or more of your rock books. Go well. B

kaiteM said...

There will be shadows too, and small sounds, even perhaps a bark in the night. I have both Charlie's and Zar's favourite toys on my bed, they offer a little comfort. My old cat had a bell, i heard it ring for years. When i opened a tin of fish today i looked for the dog to give some to - so much of our day and so much of our heart belongs to them.

Velma Bolyard said...

everyone, there is so much support from all of you, and from the ones who don't comment...i'm much improved this morning, not so fogged in. thank you for your caring, and for loving wendy well.

leFiligree said...

aww so sorry to hear. i bet you will continue to see her at every turn. take time to be in those memories.

Velma Bolyard said...

yes, joni

layers said...

I am sorry for your loss.. a pet is always missed. The tracks are lovely.
I hope you liked your fibers from Habu.

neki desu said...

i beg to disagree. those wendy prints will last forever in your heart.

Velma Bolyard said...

thank you donna, yes, neki, so right, long after the mud becomes plants

ArtPropelled said...

I'm deeply moved by the Wendy print. Thinking of you.

Velma Bolyard said...

robyn, thank you.

lee said...

I have tried and tried to figure out how to print those patterns in sand and snow onto something - fabric or paper, some way to hold onto the shifting sand...

That is more poetic than I meant to be!

Velma Bolyard said...

lee, well, i just use this nifty little camera...(grin)

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