Sidling Home

               photoBella 2005-2017

        Sidling Home

The recurring memory goes like this:

It’s late afternoon atop the ridge on a blazed trail,

lone raptor one hundred feet above,

water hushed by maple and oak one thousand feet below,

trekking into gray, dusk, black.

Pitch the two-man by intuition,

stretch the hammock between the shadow of two trees,

the enormous pearl smiles down,

tent door untethered, her head rests on my side,

we pee in the wee hours,

sit on a crag at dawn

and watch a blanket of fog cover the river.

She gets up, slops my face with her long wet tongue

and sidles home across a carpet of clouds.IMG_5772

Bella always at home navigating the Appalachian Trail, taking a swim, chasing critters and devouring anything she could sink her teeth into. Her spirit will always be in the outdoors and her ashes will scatter above Pulpit Rock.


About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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11 Responses to Sidling Home

  1. Ah, Jim. I send you hugs and healing thoughts. This is a beautiful tribute to Bella, a loving, faithful friend. ❤


  2. LB says:

    Oh Jim, I am so sorry for the loss of your longtime companion.
    Looking at these images though, I can only think how lucky the two of you were to have each other. It is obvious how much Bella loved your excursions!


  3. etod62 says:

    Oh Jim. Bella was beautiful. Through the toughest days, my Seamus has been my most devoted companion. So sorry. What wonderful memories.


  4. My husband and I are golden lovers. They have a way of stealing your heart and never giving it back. So sorry about the loss of your much-loved friend.

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  5. Paul B says:

    A lovely tribute to a faithful friend and someone who was such an importnant part of your life.


    • Jim Brennan says:

      Thanks, Paul. She will be on my future treks in spirit. I am going to scatter her ashes at Pulpit Rock on the Appalachian Trail, the spot where you see us sitting on a cliff in the photo. It was a favorite hiking spot of ours for hiking and camping. I’ll be looking for a new hiking partner soon. Be well, my friend.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Sorry for your loss looks exactly like my dog who,s diagnosed with altzehimers and just hanging on


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