Today we remember our beautiful Stella, who crossed over to The Rainbow Bridge on April 8, 2000. She was amazing.
‘All I know is something
like a bird within her sang.’
I look for her in the morning,
the mockingbirds in her garden
still asleep. She is not in the hall
or lying by the rockingchair,
watching daylight take
the fences and the orange trees.
Her leash is gone from the kitchen
and her toys, so I go out.
There’s sourgrass by the corner;
any dog would stop and sniff.
Not there, so I drift a moment
over the freeway, to the bluffs
where I used to watch her run.
Look, footprints where the trail
turns to sand and the salt smell of the sea
comes up. Someone small has
stopped here just to dance, and see
how the tracks stop. As if she danced
a little while, then flew off.
Footprints, 2000 by Kyle Kimberlin