Sunset

She sat quietly for a decade, facing a particular window.
The assistants and nurses never noticed she faced west.
I sat on the hill above the care center with my old shepherd.
Life only allots us so many sunsets. I want to see every one.
My dog’s life only allotted him so many chances to sit beside me.
The summer evening prairie clouds rose into the glow above the horizon
When I buried him below diffuse orange-pink light. It was amazing .
Mom passed two days before the following Christmas
Under a blazing Arizona sky.
The whole sky blazing.

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