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.