After the Storm

Carol A. Hand

My little dog lay in pain
suffering
slowing dying
a victim of unintended incompetence
and lack of compassion in a capitalistic culture
I could only bear witness
offering soft hands and soothing words
without the skills and knowledge
to heal him

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After the Storm – July 14, 2019

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I learned survival and healing are possible
even in situations that sometimes appear hopeless
if you are willing and able to pay enough
for competence and caring

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After the Storm (2) – July 14, 2019

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Nature doesn’t charge a fee
for the beauty she shares for all to see
She merely waits patiently for us
to awaken to our responsibilities
to care

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After the Storm (3) – July 14, 2019

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34 thoughts on “After the Storm”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Peter. ❤

      I am grateful Pinto survived, thanks to the expert care he received in a very expensive emergency hospital. They helped reduce his suffering and pain (and mine) with "state-of-art" knowledge and skill. He is eating again and on his way to recovery. Yet, as you so wisely observe, there are no guarantees.

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  1. I’m glad you were able to afford the care for him. I know the feeling of helplessness faced with a loved one’s suffering and how cruel it seems that others suffer without being able to access care. Sadly, we all know that sometimes, even the best, highest priced care won’t save a life. But this time, yes!, he went home with you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, Diane. ❤

      I am grateful that I have learned to live simply. Deck and roof repairs can wait, and replacing windows that don't open upstairs can't compete with helping a beloved companion who's suffering. Pinto did come home with me and is slowly healing. 🙂

      But it did strike me yet again that it is so unfair that skilled help is only available to those who can pay.

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, Anima Monday. I appreciate your kindness a great deal and apologize for my belated reply. My dog is healing, but it has been a slow and time-intensive process to encourage him to heal. Added to the extra work of trying to keep gardens alive in a hot and dry July left me with little time and energy to tend to my blog. I enjoy reading your posts and always have something new to think about. Sending my best wishes. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Dave, I apologize for being late responding yet again. The past few weeks have left little time and energy for anything other than pet and garden care. Sending my best wishes, dear friend, ❤

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  2. Your love and your awareness of the inequities
    that can stand in the way of some being able to demonstrate that love as fully as they might want touched me deeply. I think it was your ability to be aware of others in the midst of your own concerns that was so profound.

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    1. Thank you so much for such thoughtful, lovely comments, Joan. Having the patience, heart, and discipline to do the work of helping my dog heal has made me aware of how much I have yet to learn.

      Sending my gratitude and best wishes to you, along with my apologies for such a belated thank you. ❤

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  3. Hi Carol, I’m so sorry for Pinto’s pain and hope he is doing better with you at his side.
    Unfortunately this society we have allowed to grow around us has made all a commodity: from healing to nurturing, to listening to supporting, even disaster response and who gets what. We see that in the world through the top down decision about who has the “right” to live in a land, who has the right for a better life or for just life itself.
    My hope is that the burden of our resistance (through love, compassion, and giving each other what we need) brings this monster down and allow for Life and reciprocity to return to us.

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  4. “I learned survival and healing are possible
    even in situations that sometimes appear hopeless
    if you are willing and able to pay enough
    for competence and caring” This is one of the saddest aspects of the word today. I am wrought with grief by the fact that only those that can afford help get it.

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, Robin. I am grateful that living simply allowed me to help a little companion who came to me with special needs after several years of abuse, yet I couldn’t help being mindful of all those who do not have that privilege. Sending my best wishes to you. ❤

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  5. How can one put a price on….watching the man you knew as your stepdad. Once tall in stature, strong in the back now shrunken, slumped over in a wheelchair gasping for breath as lung cancer envelopes it’s dark cloak over his once broad shoulders? ..holding his hand and praying with him, washing his hair and providing dignity in the form of a fresh shave. Human, pet, no matter, when another being has given part of their life only to enhance yours? What greater a love exists? Sorry for your loss Carol.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind and comforting words, dear friend. It was deeply painful to watch my little dog suffer. I am grateful he survived but there are no guarantees in life. We only have each new now to share with those we love. 💜

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