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Even My Dog Loves You

Updated on June 16, 2012

Open the door to your full on frontal view

The sun on your skin concocts a warm brew

The look in your eyes is something new

Even my dog idolizes you


Conversation feeds a slow philosophical chew

Cheap wine is turning the table taboo

Not dizzy enough to spin a wild rue

Even though my dog loves you


Taking my hand you pull me close to

Your eyes take me in enough to pass through

Whisper words that make me feel knew

Pick up the scent why my dog loves you


Feel strength in your arms touched by tattoo

Masculine surround I don't want to undo

Making me quiver for what could ensue

Feel why my dog idolizes you


Urgent lips touching mine form a coup

Chemicals heat what I thought I'd outgrew

Inexplicable forces the earth's axis askew

My dog now senses a rival in you


The mystery of someone new is difficult to turn away from. When I was young, it seemed that magic of another was my ticket to fulfillment. I equated walking away with cowardice. Not taking a chance was slamming the door on ever achieving happiness. But, with time, experience, mistakes and failures, the good, the bad and the ugly, I have learned that the responsibility for my personal happiness is mine. It is cowardice to put that power in the hands of another.

No man is an island. Connections to others are vital. The majority of our most memorable moments are shared. Sharing is instrumental for enjoying life, discovering ourselves and the fascinating differences that make up every human being. Sharing the good times and the bad enhances lifes meaning and value.

The past two-years have taught me a lesson in being humbled yet shaken alive by the surprises in life. This time has been my first experience, though, leveled through trying circumstances, of living on my own terms. I make my own choices with no one to blame but myself when things don't turn out the way I want. I go to bed or, some nights, I don't, but the choice is mine. I eat or not, according to how I feel. I read and watch what I choose. I wear what I want, I smile, if I feel moved to do so without the need for validation or explanation. I spent my youth trying to please everyone and lost myself. My fashion was critiqued to the point I needed help deciding what to wear in order to satisfy my partner's decision on what he wanted me to project or else I wasn't allowed to go. Bullies honed in, like weak-seeking missiles, and told me how to be me. Now, still standing, though a mere mortal, with all the inherent failings, I am happy living with my dog, who is demonstrative and non-judgemental in his abject love, no matter what I wear. And, though he is handsome and charming, it is his unconditional, exclusive love that no person has shown me, that makes me wary of fully engaging with another man. I reserve the rights to my heart. I don't long for more than I am capable of giving. And, by the token, every day is new and I also reserve the right to never say never. Such is the magic of life.


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