A year without my Donimo

These are two images I drew as this first year came to a close. They are part of a series I’ve been posting on Instagram (@sarah_leav). I usually include words in my comics but when I made these it felt like I didn’t have any. Ideally I would want these two pages to be read […]

Remembering Donimo

April 21st, 2021 I drove out to Ruth Lake this afternoon, just a year since Donimo left us. I wanted to remember her in the place she loved… and see if I can still find her there… The day was much like it was last year, grey and cloudy. The ice a bit further off […]

Donimo’s ethical will

Today some of us in Donimo’s immediate care circle gathered at her grave to mark one year since her passing by MAiD. Her partner Sarah suggested we create a collective “ethical will” for D. An ethical will is the legacy of values, experiences and lessons passed on by a person to their family and community. […]

Last night

Last night I spent some quiet time remembering you. I made a batch of that chocolate pudding recipe you shared with me more than 10 years ago. I stirred in some marshmallows, instead of butter, for more “richness” and added another marshmallow for garnish. I knew you wouldn’t approve, but you would have smiled knowing […]

One Year On

As the cherry blossom comes out again, I miss you. I miss discussing words and deep thinking with you. I miss appreciating beauty and sharing small daily sustenance. There have been so many moments this year I wanted to tell you about, get your thoughts on, laugh or cry about with you. Nothing can stay the same. I see myself changing. I feel you alongside me, as well as the space you have left.

Winter Solstice

On this short dark day eight months since you died I remember the light that you had inside you light so incredible I was basking, blessed I turn in this lonely darkness to search for the light within me that you saw there and loved now I must blow on the embers cajole the glow […]

Touch

i wish i could have kissed you your laughter lines or your lips so you could have felt my adoration all through your endangered body i wish you could have absorbed the light reflected from my face my smile into your blue eyes again directly without time zones and technology i wish i could have […]

Looking To The Sky

Last year I lay on the grass and looked to the sky as you left this earth. This year remembering I made this art work for you. To celebrate light, warmth, space, connection and freedom. I’m thankful for your friendship and the loving care you gave in our small circle of friends despite the physical […]

Thinking of you

I met Donimo and we built a friendship after she had contacted me by email through my nature photography website, wishing and inviting me to share and talk about our creative endeavours. It was the loveliest email message and introduction and welcoming…exceptionally thoughtful, truly kind, wonderfully gracious, so welcoming and inviting, really beautiful. It was […]