• Ben R

My Hand at Poetry, part II


Hazel:


You have been a gift to us during this pandemic


You have the brain of an academic


We love your constant curiosity and joy


Even though at times the things you do, we say, "oh boy!"


Your energy is boundless


Constantly going every which way and around us


Thankfully Lola took a liking to you almost immediately


But we have never figured out why she allows you to nip at her, causing her to bleed easily


Early on, we thought Hazel suffered from ADHD


But really, it was the fact that you get bored easily


It's difficult to sometimes keep you busy


So will run around with you, until we become dizzy


When you broke your leg we were quite sad


After all, with all the GI issues you were having before, things were looking quite bad


Yet your joyful spirit never wavered


It was truly something we savored


We were so excited for your future


The day the surgeon took out your suture


You have literally grown up before our eyes


It's so true; time really flies


After this pandemic is over


We are looking forward to some closure


With you in our lives now


Getting more out into the world, I'm sure will be saying, "Wow and Holy Cow!"



My Partner:


There is no one else I'd rather go through the ups and downs


For over the years, we have battled together through many rounds


When I made a commitment to you in 2016, I knew it would be no easy task


For their have come times, when you rightfully have had to kick me in the ass


Through all my struggles with depression and anxiety


You have been instrumental in helping me see my worth to society


Thank you for all your support during these difficult times


I don't know where I would be, without your compassion and silliness sometimes


As soon as we can get vaccinated


No doubt, it will take time to get re-acclimated


But knowing I will always have you by my side


I feel secure in knowing my anxiety will always subside


So here's to the future and the many unknowns


As we slowly come out from our various bio-domes


Onward and upward we will continue to go


Whatever life tries to throw at us, will never try to feel too low



2021:


Another year is well under way


All we can do is take it day by day


As winter has finally shown its ugly side


We are all forced at this time to stay inside


Eventually spring will be here before you know it


As restless as we are, without the vaccine, we just can't afford to blow it


Let's be honest, it often feels like Groundhog Day


Staring up at the sky, with its various shades of grey


It's up to each of us to figure out how to best spend our time


So today, I thought I would write some poetry with rhyme


I anxiously await the day I can get back out and cycle with a group


I will ride so hard, I will probably need extended time to re-coup


I long for the connections this pandemic has taken away


Hurry up! Hurry up! I just wanna play!


Wherever the tide ends up taking me this year


My bubble will ultimately have allowed me to persevere



-Ben