"The Fifth Season"
Walk with me a little while.
We will walk together in Spring, with new life bursting around us.
Summertime, side by side we will lie in the sun together, our hearts warm with the good company of best friends.
We will traverse fields in Autumn, with golden leaves soft under our feet, brisk wind at our backs.
Winter brings us to the cozy hearth, dozing by the fire, flickers of embers reflected in our eyes.
There is a fifth season, unnamed, unfathomable, when the leash must be hung on the wall, no longer making the visible connection we have to one another.
Yet the invisible one remains.
Always I will be a part of you as you are of me.
My friend, my heart, my Great Dane.
(March 23, 2004) --Lyn Hamer Cook