My confidante just listens

To me as I expound.

Never interrupting.

Not uttering a sound.

His eyes intent upon me,

Full of sympathy,

Project a silent message,

That he is there for me.

He tells me that he understands

(Because he cannot speak)

By nuzzling his cold wet nose,

Against my tear stained cheek.

Claire Levitt is retired as a secretary for the Trenton Board of Education. She enrolled in Thomas Edison State College in her late 50s and subsequently earned two teaching certificates from the College of New Jersey.

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