Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thursday Poem - Assurance

You will never be alone, you hear so deep
a sound when autumn comes. Yellow
pulls across the hills and thrums,
or the silence after lightening before it says
its names - and then the clouds' wide-mouthed
apologies. You were aimed from birth:
you will never be alone. Rain
will come, a gutter filled, an Amazon,
long aisles - you never heard so deep a sound,
moss on rock, and years. You turn your head -
that’s what the silence meant: you’re not alone.
The whole wide world pours down.

William Stafford,
(from The Way It Is" New and Selected Poems) Greywolf Press 1999

For our beautiful boy, Spencer, July 5, 2006 -  June 14, 2017


Wendi said...


David said...

Thoughts and prayers with you, Cate. What a blessing to have been part of Spencer's life!

Guy said...

HI Cate

A wonderful tribute to Spencer, Stafford is my favourite poet.

Thinking of you.

Barbara Rogers said...

A day of sadness, a life of joy and love shared between you. That certainty is enduring, indestructible through time or space. Blessings.

Mystic Meandering said...

And now your journey with grief... the grief that is beyond words... I remember it so well when our beloved cat passed... It still comes sometimes when least expected, like now reading your post... Love the photo of Spencer looking "beyond" - goose bumps...
{{{{Heart Hugs}}}}

Tabor said...

I see that lovely neck and beautiful coat and get a lump in my throat.

Pat said...

He was such a beautiful boy. I will always remember him racing out of the house as I pulled up, jumping up on my car and licking my face from bottom to top through the open window -- just to say hello.

JoannaTopazT said...

Farewell to Spencer. I am so sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

I haven't stopped by in some time but I felt compelled to visit tonight. Tears. I lost my sweet GSP around this same time a couple of years ago and the loss is still so deeply felt. They are such wonderful loving beings. Rest easy sweet boy, you were so very loved. I'm so sorry for your loss Cate. xoxo

Paula said...

So sorry to hear this news. Truly none of us are alone.

christinalfrutiger said...

This is such a lovely tribute to your dear boy. I can see in the photo that although he is looking and listening at something in the distance, he still has an ear slightly turned back toward you. It's so hard to lose such a loyal friend. I'll be thinking of you in the heavy days to come. xoxo