Mary Oliver





Conversations

1.

Said Bear, “I know I’m supposed to keep my eye
on you, but it’s difficult the way you
lag behind and keep talking to people.”

Well, how can you be keeping your eye on me
when you’re half a mile ahead?

“True,” said Bear. “But I’m thinking of you
all the time.”

2.
I had to go away for a few days so I called
the kennel and made an appointment. I guess
Bear overheard the conversation.

“Love and company,” said Bear, “are the adornments
that change everything. I know they’ll be
nice to me, but I’ll be sad, sad, sad.”
And pitifully he wrung his paws.

I cancelled the trip.