23 Oct

We are (all) personal care attendants

Attending to each other—

But, most of all,

In that relationship—

We become companions.

Perhaps that is what happens—

After love’s personal illusions


As we accept

Mutual understanding.


Maybe we can just skip the step of love

And go right into companionship!


Ms. Holly complains after eating pizza,

Which, she thoroughly enjoys.

“Too much salt!

I can feel my legs swelling up,

And it hurts to walk.”

I tell her to put her feet up,

She does not have to talk—

 I remind her,

That I, cannot remember

what I forgot.

–It takes awhile

Before we turn to each other

Returning discreet smile—


Accepting what we do

And what we do not.



Companion: Notes on a Paper Bag

Companion: Notes on a Paper Bag


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11 responses to “Companion

  1. magicalmysticalteacher

    October 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Love’s illusions always seem to dissipate, don’t they?

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  2. Gillena Cox

    October 25, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Remember to link in
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    much love…


  3. Gillena Cox

    October 25, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Love the transition to acceptance in companionship

    much love…

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  4. Sanaa Rizvi

    October 24, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Love this – mutual cooperation, love and understanding is what makes a relationship worthwhile 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. kaykuala h

    October 24, 2016 at 4:00 am

    There has to be a feeling of acceptance and love has a lot to do with it!


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    October 24, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Wow, I love the part in italics and especially the final lines.

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  7. magicofwordsblog

    October 23, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Ah but love is still here in this sweet companionship 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    October 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    That ending.. how wonderful it becomes when you exemplify… it takes a special relationship to handle that…

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Truedessa

    October 23, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I think we are all personal care attendants. We are connected to family, friends , lovers and so many others. I think compassion is the glue that hold it all together.

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  10. Mary

    October 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I especially like the ending, ZQ. Accepting what we do and what we do not. That IS what it all about in relationships of any kind, isn’t it?

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Sherry Marr

    October 23, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Companionship is what it boils down to, in the end, and a comforting thing it must be!

    Liked by 1 person


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