Suddenly I am awake.
Millions of black dots make
a nearly dark ceiling appear solid.
Staring at the tentacles
of the old southern fan
labored breaths strain for air.
Our dog is old, his anguish mine.
Transferring love onto my sweet boy
stiffness unwinding, easing under the love
my touch brings to his aging body.
In the center of my belly lies
my husband’s devoted hand.
I place mine upon his tenderly.
Large muscular legs rest across
my small lower limbs.
We fit together as one flesh.
Pursuing stars through an open window, I pray
for our world, all those sick or lost.
With the silence of my voice,
petitions whispered floating to my Father.
Finally, I melt into my peace and
the union of our life.
Sleep comes with the comfort
and promises God brings – I surrender.
Picture & poem by Joni – written on April 17, 2020, Picture is Gizzy our Lhasa Apso