Ode to My Boot

You’ve been embracing me 

with your sturdy, warm body 

and strapping black Velcro arms  

that wrap around me so tightly.  

You’ve been a healing presence, a steadfast friend, a loving support, 

enabling me to walk before I could stand on my own.  

Now you sit on the kitchen chair  

watching my baby steps, 

awkward and wobbly, 

as I learn to walk without you. 

Those days and nights we spent together 

are forever etched in my memory.  

Thank you for your quiet strength, constant companionship, devoted care,  

stabilizing my shattered ankle.  

Now it is time for us to part. 

Let there be no tears

for you’ve completed your healing job 

and I have yet to finish mine.