living with great care

having an elder in the house
an elder who
through the bad luck of disease,
an undetected kidney infection
and advanced heart disease,
almost died

has taught me a new lesson in patience
in resilience
in love.

all hours from now on are especially blessed
borrowed from,
as india might say,
the dog above.
(notice her foot, on my foot.
who's the boss asks wendy. we're partners, i reply.)