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  • Joanne L Barros

I Will Not Rush

And sometimes as I am rushing from task to task,

Another load of laundry, a quick vacuum of the bedroom,

I see you sleeping peacefully,

And the gray in your muzzle and sprinkled around your eyes,

Makes my heart skip a beat, and I stop,

And I need to kneel down, and smooth your velvet ears and kiss your face,

And your eyes open, and your tail thumps a steady beat on the floor,

Righting the beat of my heart to match its rhythm,

And I whisper to you; slow down my friend, don’t age too fast,

And I slow down, and lie on the floor beside you,

For these moments are precious,

And I will not rush through the time I have with you.

Joanne L Barros

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