100 Ways to be More Creative
Shaunta Grimes
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Shaunta, I think I am the opposite of you. I stop with number 1 , Big Magic, read the first page on Amazon and went looking for Jack Gilbert and found this poem, my present back to you, isn’t it just a great poem? best g.

Alone BY JACK GILBERT

I never thought Michiko would come back

after she died. But if she did, I knew

it would be as a lady in a long white dress.

It is strange that she has returned

as somebody’s dalmation. I meet

the man walking her on a leash

almost every week. He says good morning

and I stoop down to calm her. He said

once that she was never like that with

other people. Sometimes she is tethered

on their lawn when I go by. If nobody

is around, I sit on the grass. When she

finally quiets, she puts her head in my lap

and we watch each other’s eyes as I whisper

in her soft ears. She cares nothing about

the mystery. She likes it best when

I touch her head and tell her small

things about my days and our friends.

That makes her happy the way it always did.