Gero-Punk Tribute: Haikus for a friend

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In Tribute to Happenstance (Happy) Sasser-Coen


By Jenny Sasser & Simeon Dreyfuss


On a rainy day;

fire-warmed, our slowed dog’s legs twitch.

In dreams we run.


Our friend, Mister Dog,

knocked all his food and water

on the kitchen floor.


I wonder as we walk—

the old dog and me—

what speed is slower than slow?


Part way down the block

he leans against the fence—the

ground always spinning.


Slow walk under trees,

morning air so soft –

summer treat for an old dog.


barking at his bed

contagious doggie nightmare

no one sleeps


Head down, white muzzled,

he leans against a fence—the

ground always spinning.


What speed is slower

than slow? I ask. Our old dog

in sniffing heaven.






About Jenny Sasser, Ph.D.

I am a freelance educational gerontologist, writer, community activist and facilitator. I am former Chair of the Department of Human Sciences and Director of Gerontology at Marylhurst University. I joined the faculty as an adjunct member of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program in 1997 and since that time, I've been involved in designing many on-campus and web-based courses and programs for adult learners, including in Gerontology. As an undergraduate I attended Willamette University, graduating Cum Laude in Psychology and Music; my interdisciplinary graduate studies at University of Oregon and Oregon State University focused on the Human Sciences, with specialization areas in adult development and aging, women’s studies, and critical social theory and alternative research methodologies. My dissertation became part of a book published in 1996 and co-authored with Dr. Janet Lee--Blood Stories: Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary US Society. Over the past twenty (or more!) years I have been involved in inquiry in the areas of creativity in later life; older women's embodiment; sexuality and aging; critical Gerontological theory; transformational adult learning practices; and inter-generational friendships and cross-generational collaborative inquiry. I am co-author, with Dr. Harry R. Moody of Aging: Concepts and Controversies (now in its 10th edition!) and first author, also with Moody, of the recently published Gerontology: The Basics, as well as author/co-author of several book chapters, articles and essays. I am on the Portland Community College Gerontology Program faculty.
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5 Responses to Gero-Punk Tribute: Haikus for a friend

  1. Tela Skinner says:

    Beautiful poem Jenny. My heart goes out to you and Simeon. Tela


  2. Nicola Bemister says:

    We are doggy people too. Lost one of ours recently. I feel for you both. Beautiful poem. Thank you

  3. Jenipher Thommen says:

    Oh Happy! I know you were deeply loved. May the memories you crafted for your family keep their hearts warm.

    [So sorry about the loss of your friend.]

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