Little Ditty

detail of ceramic sculpture, 2003


“I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.”

– Mary Oliver


I sing to my dog.

I sing because I live alone.

Shame be damned, I SING!

My singing is just a shorter, more potent bridge to her than even petting or playing..

I see this is true because her whole being listens to my nonsensicality and her eyes begin to glisten as the lids get heavy in a hypnotic way.

My heart slows. Her heart slows.

Singing allows insta-communion between us.

She doesn’t know I’m just making up the love song on the spot.

My intent is perfectly clear- showering love.

I give her what I spent a lifetime searching out. Too tired now to put my boots to the ground I do what I can;

My dog, my body, that tree, rock, dragonfly, friend..

Each are privy to the imperfection of my devotion.

I see now that it is RIGHT THERE IN THE IMPERFECTION- that is the nectar God seems to love best.

What a relief ’cause it’s all I got…..


4 Responses to “Little Ditty”

  1. Rita Kindl Myers on July 25th, 2014

    As my grandfather used to say, “Canta che ti passa!” translation: Sing and it will pass.

  2. willow1945 on July 25th, 2014

    I love it that you sing to your dog! I occasionally sing to my dogs (I sing around the house a lot, but not that often to my Chihuahuas–I should do it more), but singing was a special thing between me and two previous dogs. Barney, my golden Lab, long deceased, would just light up with a big smile when I would make up songs with his name in them. After Barney, I got Tiny, already 11 years old, and one evening by chance I was singing How Much is That Doggie in the Window as I was fixing her dinner–she started barking and jumping like crazy! Obviously her previous owners had trained her to sing along and she and I were both thrilled at resurrecting this happy memory and carrying it on. Thanks for writing about a subject dear to my heart!

  3. Alexandra Eldridge on July 27th, 2014

    Sing on, sweet girl! Lucky Livvy! xxA

  4. Jenny on July 27th, 2014

    The second to last line is so lovely-the harmony of imperfections. God loves us as knowing we are imperfect ,so much.

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