Seasons of Life

Carol A. Hand

The long-lived weeping willow
greets her final spring
Alone, she weathered many storms
but the violent winds of winter past
twisted her and split her to the core
leaving her fatally wounded


Leafless Willow – November 15, 2017


I grieve her passing
as I do the gentle faithful dog
who once sought her shade
in the heat of summer
and whose ashes have rested
beneath her sheltering canopy
for many years


Cookie – My beloved friend who passed on October 4, 2013


Yet the beloved dog’s passing
opened up a safe home for another
that was abandoned and abused
as the weeping willow’s passing
will open up a sunny space
for the mountain ash
that has struggled to survive
with little light in her shadow


Pinto – January 3, 2018


Wish though we may to turn back time
the cycle of life continues
opening up new possibilities to love


30 thoughts on “Seasons of Life

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    1. So true, Rosaliene! Sometimes those lessons are painful. It’s easy to become stuck there in times such as these. I can understand why some people may choose to numb out the pain although it comes at a tremendous cost in the long run.

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    1. Wise advice, dear sister in spirit. Thank you for your thoughtful comments and for the important work you continue to do to raise awareness, build community, and teach practical knowledge and skills. ❤


    1. Dear Hanneke, thank you so much for your lovely comments. Losing companions that have brought beauty and joy into our lives is painful. This poem was my way of finding a way to move toward healing. Sending my gratitude and best wishes to you. ❤


  1. “Wish though we may to turn back time, the cycle of life continues opening up new possibilities to love”

    Beautiful! Thank you for reminding me how to transform pain into promise. It’s always about love, isn’t it?

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind and lovely comments, Ray. (Please excuse the belated reply. I just couldn’t keep up when my computer died and I needed to rely on a tiny laptop screen that blurred my vision.)

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