.. old man...

You have taken your last breath.

A long sigh

to release yourself from this world.

Heavy legs,

boneless & relaxed

in perpetual sleep.

Leaving us to weep

& mourn

an old soul,

a wrinkled face with kind eyes,

one white & blind with age...

I am priveleged

that I got to stand beside you

& lay my hands on your rough skin,

lovingly heated by Kenyan sun.

Startled by your heavy tail thumping against my side

I am so grateful

to have stood in your shadow

& walked briefly by your side

a grin on my face

as wide as your marvelous mouth.

Safe journey,

my boy....

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