On day 6 of our POETRY celebration:
All dogs welcome!
Aren’t these words just the best to read if you are a dog owner? It seems unfair that these important parts of our family cannot come with us everywhere we go.
It is unfair that even for a moment we ever have to part. The juxtaposition, however, is that sweet return—when you and your dog meet again, even after being apart for but a moment—what a love fest.
Nora Ephron stated it right when she wrote, “When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.”
Me: I’m home!
My dog: Holy shit, she is home! She is finally home! I thought that was you I heard coming up the drive! Oh, thank you! Thank you for coming home! I am so happy! I could not be happier than I am at this very moment. Oh, I just cannot contain all this joy and so along with my tail, I must wiggle my whole body and, now, follow you around to make sure you do not leave again. If I could speak your language I would ask you how your day was, tell you are even more beautiful than I remembered you to be. Oooh, and you smell so good. Everything does, from your shoes to your jacket. Did you have bacon for lunch?! If I had hands I would run you a hot bath, pour you wine, and rub your feet (right after you fed me bacon of course) Just know my entire being is smiling because you have finally arrived.
My teenager: (earbuds in, passing me on the way to the kitchen, acknowledges me, I think, with a nod).
Dogs, as expressed perfectly in “If Feeling Isn’t In It,” by John Brehm,
“They don't try to impress you with how serious
or sensitive they are. They just feel everything
full blast. Everything is off the charts”
The poem captures, not only, this puppy love, but how being reunited with true love feels so good, “the world made whole again.”
Here is the link to the rest of the poem: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/29842
I, however, need to go because my 16-year-old true love is patiently begging for me to get off my ass and take him for a walk so he can claim the world by pissing on every damn tree and pole in our neighborhood for the 3rd time today. “A simple walk in the park is just about the height of contentment for them.”
Enjoy the read as my dog will be sure to enjoy the walk.