Shawn L. Bird

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poem-Why aren’t you playing? February 10, 2022

Filed under: Poetry,poodles — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:43 pm
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Ramona spent the weekend racing around

The agility arena with her latest training partner,

Sewing personalized dog coats for friends,

Feeding a platoon of poodles

And a concert of birds,




Ramona didn’t dwell on the degeneration

That made most days painful;

She didn’t focus on the losses,

The quotidian agonies of aging.

I posted a plaintive photo, poor dog begging,

“Play with me, Mom?”

Ramona typed back, “So why aren’t you playing?”

Mere hours later, Ramona left the earth.

Her last words to me ring a challenge

Amid these pain-filled days.  We have just one life to embrace

What brings us joy.  Despite all the grief,

The sun still rises; there are things to do.  Today, find time

to play.




Rest in Peace, Ramona Stirling


8 Responses to “poem-Why aren’t you playing?”

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. What a lovely poem of remembrance.

  2. Val Theroux Says:

    Beautiful tribute to Ramona!! Hope you’re able to play like Ramona today.❤️

  3. Melody J Haislip Says:

    What a lovely tribute to your friend.

  4. plasmnetic Says:

    A lovely tribute to Ramona. 💜💜💜 Stunning.

  5. petdii Says:

    Condolences to you, a lovely poodle

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