View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Maggie's Dreaming


Maggie’s dreaming
of chasing rabbits
or of frolicking with Mollie long gone
or of playing Dog and Master tag.

Maggie’s dreaming
of patrolling the yard to protect us from
bird-feeder-marauding squirrels
or garden-munching wood chucks
or bird-prowling neighbor’s cat

Maggie’s dreaming
of barking full and loud at
strangers at the door
relatives at the door
the mailman at the mailbox
anyone walking by

Maggie’s dreaming
of leaping high to catch snowballs
or of tug of wars with rope or a rubber chicken
or of madly dashing through the yard
leaping into the swimming pool
and then madly dashing about again
and again … and again …

Maggie’s dreaming
of long pre-dawn walks
sniffing everything that needs to sniffed
or of sitting proudly in the back seat
her hair and lips rippling in the open window wind

Maggie’s dreaming
of her joints being flexible
again
or of her haunches being firm and full of spring
again
or of her eyes clear and sharp
again
or of her ears and nose keen
again.

Maggie’s dreaming
what may be her final dreams
and I watch her dreaming
wishing
this was
all a
dream

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3 Comments:

Blogger GrandmaK said...

All you have to do is exchange the name Maggie to Duchess and we have the same dog! Amazing! Cathy

7:12 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I wish I was there to give Maggie a big (gentle) hug! I really think I like animals more than people.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Thank you both.

I, too, get along well with animals. I once even flirted with the idea of becoming a vet. The Franciscan in me loves their company - except that of my wife's cat who likes to sit next to my face at 5 a.m. demanding food!

I thought a couple of times this winter I would have to put Maggie down. She would have a bad spell, then recover - but not completely and be a little worse than when the down cycle began. She just had another bad spell, but pulled up a little.

Sigh. At 15, she has outlived the expectations for a dog her breed and size - lab/shepherd, 70-75 lbs.

9:50 PM  

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