This is a beloved poem from physician-poet John Stone. A few months ago, I lost a dog that was my pet since age 12 and lived with me during part of my adult life. John Stone really captures just how painful losing an animal is with this piece. Especially the last line: “Next dog, I want one that lasts.” As I sit here hugging my new pooch, I implore him to please, never ever ever ever die.
Listen to me recite the poem with music provided by the talented Joe Brooker.
Once Thought is a poem I wrote during my first year in the corporate world. I would hide out in the coffee shop across the street from work during my lunch break to write poems — coming back to life for those precious 30 minutes. I always imagined myself doing something magnificent for work, but there I was in a windowless office instead. And so I thought: “it’s not hero’s journey, afterall.” Listen to a recording of me reciting the poem with musical accompaniment by Joe Brooker. Many thanks, faraway friend.