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Ross still rides his Harley, if the weather's good.
Can't get away much, like he used to.
Thursday morning breakfast with the airplane guys,
Talking farm prices;
what the dog's been doing.
He can't stay long; she can't be alone.
"She's been fading lately.
Sixty years together and she doesn't know
who I am sometimes."
     But the dog does.

He'll leave early, be home to fix her breakfast 
when she wakes.  She'll not be appreciative.
Doesn't think about the cost anymore,
to bent, arthritic body parts.
Sometimes she won't eat what he prepares.
     But the dog will.

Ross doesn't hear the banter;
he's staring through his oatmeal bowl,
counting fearful minutes.
     "How's Buddy," I ask?
Ross comes slowly back, eyes refocused.
He smiles.
     "I wouldn't take a thousand dollars for that dog." 

Copyright © Wayne Sapp

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  1. Date: 9/19/2012 10:08:00 PM
    Some things just can't have a price on it, congrats, love debra

  1. Date: 9/19/2012 3:00:00 PM
    well done! I like your poem very much. warm thoughts, Ralph

  1. Date: 9/19/2012 12:06:00 PM
    a sad but true reality - brings back memories of my grandparents last years together. Well done

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 2:31:00 PM
    WAYNE, congratulations with your awesome featured poem of the week... enjoy your day :-) PD

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 2:19:00 PM
    I like the stoic touch here. Congrats on the selection. daver

  1. Date: 9/2/2010 5:37:00 PM
    A nice compassionate, understanding poem. Dogs are such comforting friends. Thank you for your comments on my stab at humor. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/2/2010 1:52:00 PM
    nice one, enjoyed your write..P.D.