Sunday, April 15, 2012

Walk The Dog

I'm going back to the future thanks to Pamela in January. I still want to walk my dog(s) - every day. This go round I'm less concerned about the training aspects of the walk than the beneficial aspects to dog and person.

Angus shared a poem by Mark Doty which so says what I'm thinking of by saying "walk the dog." Here it is:

Golden Retrievals

Fetch? Balls and sticks capture my attention
seconds at a time. Catch? I don’t think so.
Bunny, tumbling leaf, a squirrel who’s—oh
joy—actually scared. Sniff the wind, then

I’m off again: muck, pond, ditch, residue
of any thrillingly dead thing. And you?
Either you’re sunk in the past, half our walk,
thinking of what you never can bring back,

or else you’re off in some fog concerning
—tomorrow, is that what you call it? My work:
to unsnare time’s warp (and woof!), retrieving,
my haze-headed friend, you. This shining bark,

a Zen master’s bronzy gong, calls you here,
entirely, now: bow-wow, bow-wow, bow-wow.
So walk the dog - and let yourself be with her in this time.


Jen said...

That's a great poem, I'm glad that you shared it!

Bassetmomma said...

Thank you so much for sharing this poem! I really think it says it all!

Prudence said...

What a wonderful poem, it must have been written by a hound's person! Captures Prudence's outlook perfectly!

Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

Love the poem :)

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

So true! Dog walks are very Zen moments, so healthy for all of us.

Pup Fan said...

Great poem! Thanks for sharing it. :)

Leslie said...

Great poem. And GREAT sentiment regarding being with the dog, in the moment, appreciating what is, not always focusing on what things could/should be. Sometimes the best thing we can do for our dogs it just let them be themselves. :]

Kate said...

Great poem :)

Kim said...

Wow, you bring up a very important point - an idea that sadly too many people don't realize. Our dogs need us to really be there for them, not just kinda-sorta! Thanks for emphasizing this with a cool poem!

Thank you for blogging the change,
Kim Thomas