From an article by Carol Smith at the PI.
The poet laureate of Harborview steps back and admires his handiwork -- a box tacked to the wall of the ICU waiting room. He stuffs it with a sheaf of poems. "Room to Room" is this particular poem's title. It's nominally about his dog, Walt, a 9-pound poodle who might as well weigh 1,200 pounds, for the way he rules the lives of his owners.
But "Room to Room" is really about love, about attending to the present. About anticipating death.
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