Sali’s Nature

While feeding Sali lunch yesterday I would joke and make her smile and laugh. It was sweet. No matter how lousy I was feeling before, she made me feel better. I told her she had a happy heart and a blissful soul, and thanked her for making me feel happier. That’s when I wrote the first two lines. I thought about it some more and the next day when I came in to feed her, the last two lines came out spontaneously. She is my muse. Even though Sali is severely compromised on so many levels, she still maintains her inner nature, an inspiration to us all!

Sally has a happy heart
And a deeply blissful soul
When she laughs it all comes out
Leaving me smiling and whole

© Ken Chawkin
August 7, 2015
Fairfield, Iowa

Also see Sally’s Smile (Haiku for Nurse Dan) and Tanka For Sali Upholding Her Wonderful Nature.

4 Responses to “Sali’s Nature”

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