I go for the Aurora Borealis. I think witnessing such grandeur will infuse color into this black and white existence I have called a life for way too long. I am not prepared to lose my heart to a bunch of mixed breed dogs tethered on 12 foot chains, overlooking little wooden houses, encircled by hard packed yellow snow.
As the sled pulls into the kennel, the tethered dogs oneness of vision is glaringly evident. They howl and dance and run and jest, “Pick me! Pick me!” they cry out- as a lump forms in my throat, and tears come- I feel their lust..
It is then that I realize, I lack their singleness of vision. I am so busy struggling to have it all, I have nothing..
As I settle into the sled, and feel the magnificence that is attained by the singular vision of ten mixed breed dogs pulling together, I know, alas- I have found my teacher..
I called her today.. I called her because I wanted to tell her how much I loved her. How much she means to me. How she had once been the very center of my world, and no one had ever been able to take her place… But instead we talked about the weather, her class reunion, and the way that age had of making things that once seemed so all important bleed and fade like unblotted ink on a page….
I called her today. I wanted to remind her that she was my first love, that I had never loved anyone as much as I loved her. That it was her love that had made all other loves possible.. And against which, they would all forever be judged. But instead I told her about the the poem I had written, and the book I may well never finish. We talked about the garden and the dogs and the man who said he would come to cut the grass,, but never did…
I called her today. My heart so full of love, my mind overflowing with memories of the times we spent in each others arms, the tender goodnight kisses, the loving glances that stripped me of my insecurities and made me feel as if I could conquer the world But instead I told her that I would talk to her later, as this long distance was costing me a fortune- and anyway, I should be feeding the cats, and getting the dogs in for dinner, or folding the clothes that finished drying an hour or so ago….
I called her today. With every intention of making today the day I told her all the things that have been weighing so heavily on my heart. All the things I have wanted to say for so long but had never gathered the courage to do so,, All the things I don’t want either of us to ever leave this world without me having said… But instead I waited until after we had said our goodbyes, and then added- almost as an afterthought- “I love you…but you know that, right?”