Black Dog Running

On the way into work one morning I passed a black dog running, heading out the country road, looking I suppose for its owner.

The dog peered into the car as I passed as if trying to gauge the familiarity of my face. I was worried. A black dog running however fleet is no match for an automobile. The owner is probably long gone and far away, while the dog, racing down the road after a faint scent fast disappearing, is going to get lost. I could see in my minds eye in a week’s time, a poster written in a child’s hand, put up at the local country store. LOST BLACK DOG.

Sam - Rest in Peace, Good Dog.

I thought about stopping to see if it would get in the car and then trying to find its home or owner. But it seemed like a hopeless task. There was no collar around the dog and I wondered if perhaps it had lost it while breaking loose from a chain. So the dog was free to race after its owner on a work day, but so quick to becoming lost.

Sometimes, I feel like that black dog running, in search of something I can’t quite name. It makes me wonder about the faint line between freedom and loss. The race for something to satisfy can feel so free, but in the end I wonder if all I am doing is running to becoming lost.

(Originally posted here 2007)

The Way of the Leaf Redux 11

My continuing photo series of leaves.

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The Way of the Leaf Redux 10

More photos of leaves now that the rains have ceased.

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Answers Found in Sweet Water

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across the gravel path
on sheltered stones
where water drips
from a leaky spigot
I walk past
buzzing bees
seeking moisture
on sunny days
stepping gingerly
past the question,
is water wasted
if it becomes honey?

I do not know,
though later another
winged creature
calls out an answer
farther
down the road
I stop and
stepping out
of my car
I am greeted
by the cry of
some unseen
hawk

Circle

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Life is . . .
finding a precious coin on the sidewalk,
blissfully unaware that it is the same one you lost
so very long ago.

Seeking Peace in the Everyday

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