Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Keeping an old dog alive

This morning I found a stone path under my own back yard.

A dinosaur spine hidden just below the dirt, waiting for me

Lomi the dog is ranging the gully
alive to the moment
he helps me slow down and just be

I channeled my dad and had to work the rock a bit

scraping away the first layer of sticks and dead weeds
seeing a staircase under the soil to the gully bottom
knowing that I will make these steps appear


if I just give myself the time

Lomi limps up the hill peeing and grinning.

We're both old dogs

lots of juice left
aware that time is a trick

waiting in the morning mist
pee scrape stone from the earth