Wherever I Go, There She Is

My dog, Dali, is a steady presence to all my different ways of being.

If I’m sad, Dali is licking my tears.

If I’m angry, Dali follows me from room-to-room.

If I’m anxious, Dali sits patiently as I pace.

If I’m depressed and lay down, Dali lays down with me.

She is confident and courageous and calm and if she could talk, I imagine she would say, “It doesn’t matter how you are.  I am here.  I’m not going anywhere.  You can count on me.”

I’ve learned from Dali what it means to be present to all my different parts.  Through this experience, I’m better able to do that for myself.

Dali is closing in on 15 years of age and she is declining.  I am afraid that I am not going to learn fast enough all that Dali has to teach me.  But I am present and compassionate to that fear and in that way, and many other ways, Dali’s legend will live on.

 

 

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Love Knows No Bounds

 

Her age shows

as I watch Dali

my companion

a 13-year-old terrier mix

sleep

her head

on the bed

looks heavy

it strikes me as odd

that a head

on a bed

can look so heavy

when it’s just a head

on a bed

but there is a weight

to her body

that is different now

different than even a few months ago

like she’s wrapped herself in a thick blanket

of dreams

embracing a vacation from wakefulness

Where are you

What are you doing

in your faraway land

Are you still young

in this fantasy

faster than all the dogs

leaping into car windows

chasing squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, deer

free of the pain in your leg

We’ve shared a lot of life

We know each other well

What will my world be like

when I turn my head to the left

in bed

and you’re not there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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