Chin up, says Rascal

Hard to stay down when you get to hang out with a pup like this!

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3 thoughts on “Chin up, says Rascal

  1. You know your observation about that dog reminded me of a poem. Not unusual, most things do, but it is hard to be down around a being so relentlessly themselves, and having such a great time in the world! So, since I know you like poetry, you post some terrific poems and poets, here’s the poem for you and that dog, Rascal .

    Over And Over Tune

    You could grow into it,
    that sense of living like a dog,
    loyal to being on your own in the fur of your skin,
    able to exist only for the sake of existing.

    Nothing inside your head lasting long enough for you to hold onto,
    you watch your own thoughts leap across your own synapses and disappear —
    small boats in a wind,
    fliers in all that blue,
    the swish of an arm backed with feathers,
    a dress talking in a corner,
    and then poof,
    your mind clean as a dog’s,
    your body big as the world,
    important with accident —
    blood or a limp, fur and paws.

    You swell into survival,
    you take up the whole day,
    you’re all there is,
    everything else is
    not you, is every passing glint, is
    shadows brought to you by wind,
    passing into a bird’s cheep, replaced by a
    rabbit skittering across a yard,
    a void you yourself fall into.

    You could make this beautiful,
    but you don’t need to,
    living is this fleshy side of the bone,
    going on is this medicinal smell of the sun —
    no dog ever tires of seeing his life

    keep showing up at the back door
    even as a rotting bone with a bad smell;
    feet tottering, he dreams of it,
    wakes and licks no matter what.

    Ioanna Carlsen

    Over and over our animals and birds bring us the world! And we are glad of it!

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