Unter Commemoration July 30, 2020

while something could be said
of empty trees
in silence without birds
it seems better
to remember
the songs that were sung

 

This poem is about Unter and thinking about him.  It is in some way a poem about writing a poem.

In the first part, the idea of writing a poem about sadness is expressed.  The first part says:

while something could be said
of empty trees
in silence without birds

This part expresses the idea of the emptiness of having lost a friend.  It expresses the idea of expressing this notion with a metaphor.

The second part though tries to look back at memories.  It says

it seems better
to remember
the songs that were sung

The idea is that while something could be written about the loss of a friend and the emptiness that results, it seems better to write about the memory of the friend and the happiness of knowing them.  This poem expresses the idea of expressing these ideas.

The idea contained in the poem is that it might be better to think of the happy times with Unter rather than the sadness that he is gone.

Unter Commemoration July 29, 2020

Things don’t feel the same.

The porch is quiet.
Now only treats and food for one dog are brought to the porch.
There isn’t a sense of going to sit with you.
Your water bowl isn’t filled for you.
Outside, things are still.
There’s no brushing of you,
or cleaning your eyes,
or rubbing your ears.
Things are still.
Things are quiet.

Seeing a video of you
on the porch
eating treats
and one out in the yard
trying to get you
to bark a certain way.
There was happiness in seeing you,
but sadness that you are gone.

Things are quiet.
Things don’t feel the same.

Unter

Shadow and Unter

On Friday July 17, 2020 M. Sakran’s dog Unter died.  He was more than thirteen years old and was a very good dog.  He is loved and missed.

Above is a picture of him (on the right) with his friend Shadow.  It was taken some years ago.

As mentioned before, the last new blog post on this blog will be on August 20, 2020.  The posts until that day will be related to Unter the dog as a commemoration of him.

Here is a short poem:

goodbye Unter
you were a very good dog
the porch seems empty now