With a Bit of Dignity

i know i heard her say
   she wanted to die
with a bit of dignity.

unsure of context,
   hairs stand up
      on my neck.

the pandemic rages
      all around us.

   outside it is freezing,
or so it looks from here,

      inside where it isn't
   quite warm enough.

      and here we are:
january midwinter!

a very old woman
      walking her dog,

as i shovel my snow,
   she says she has had 
enough winter.

how can that be?

i tell her it should
      be warmer soon.

meanwhile we live
   with a bit of dignity
as i shovel my snow.

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