The following is the 43rd poem in Valley of Blue Hope: Poems Before and After Diagnosis of Cancer. https://www.createspace.com/4598960
This and the next three poems will close my effort to blog Valley of Blue Hope: Poems Before and After Diagnosis of Cancer. Placed after the “diagnosis of cancer” poems, they are meant to provide a coda to the earlier poems.
“Company” has a rhythm that a discovered and liked.
When alone in later life I find myself with things
that thirst and die of heat in shade, I carry water
in my palms and at my pouring fingers lapping
the happy tongues this old soul soothes and receives
refreshment for itself. Every touch surprises.