Bring Me Another Stella
By Diane Vogel Ferri
Bring me another Stella;
A godly creature to walk by my side,
with a mouth of gratitude to fill.
The uncompromising attention of one
who does not think I talk too much.
Let her be rescued from oblivion
to answer the door and chase the squirrels,
to sit in the sunshine in the middle of the yard
and remind me of tranquility;
the absence of anger, perpetual forgiveness.
Until then in each moment I will see her,
hear her tapping nails, her nighttime breathing.
I will speak aloud all the words I said every day
when it was just the two of us in the house.
I will wonder where she is and grieve alone.