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August 11, 2009


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I'm so sorry Laura. I do remember Moses - a sweet fellow. And yes, dignified. He was lucky to be with you for his last two years. Dogs - they really are wonderful.

Laura, this is a beautiful posting, one of your best. I love the visuals and your sweet summer tone. Moses was rescued in every sense of the word, and then became a king in your kingdom of many creatures....not the least of which are the friends who love you.. and who remember Moses unable to stand..yet lifted by you to enjoy the fresh air with his sibling doggies.

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


God bless Moses! Your evocation of summer's fullness, poached eggs and ratatouille, and varieties of green with a splash of purple, helps explain my love of the season, my favorite of the four.

I am so glad I got to meet Moses, if only once. He was an example to everyone: joyous and serene.
I miss you and I am really glad to have your blog to bring you into the room with me!

Among Moses's best literary moments: Robert Bly was giving a reading at Bennington in Tishman and, as he often did, asked if we wanted to hear the poem again.
He liked reading poems twice and perhaps appreciated hearing other people's poems twice, though I can't recall he ever asked another poet for an encore.
Moses was visiting, lying low behind Liam and Sven in their usual place on the upper level on the right. He tended to snooze through poetry readings. But when Bly asked: "Shall I read it again?" -- Moses suddenly gave out a tremendous WOOF! It caused a lot of laughter and that did something to Bly's rhythm and he soon sat down.

Caveat: I'm not sure it was Bly - but I do remember Moses giving out one great WOOF during a guest writer's reading and I have to say I like the idea of someone telling Bly that once is enough. Maybe you remember just who was reading or know someone who might recall? And, by the way, I did not prompt Moses to woof -- he knew what he liked and what he didn't like.

Hi Cilla - so glad you've made an appearance here and thanks for more memories of Moses! I guess he wanted to be the alpha male when Bly was in the room.

That's my boy!

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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