A Dog Named Lavender

untitled, 36×24, m/m





Cruising yesterday I came upon a marginally sane seeming older gentleman

In deep conversation with Lavender, his soft brown companion.

Hearing this dog’s name slide from the character on the other end of the leash made my day.

Lavender is a boy first of all…

In my own disability isolation I have caught myself being that weird person I remember scoffing at

Not too long ago;  intent in out loud communion with a furry non-human.

More and more I could care less if people hear my renditions of “OLD MCDONALD HAD A FARM..


I am unsure of when the tipping point happened for me to enter the world of white -dog -middle -aged -woman -land

But I never want to go back.

I watched the wierdish guy and his friend Lavender

And I was quite sure no party or book or music or human could hold a candle to the heart-plumping privilege

Of a dog constantly reminding him of the simple, pure, innocent, intelligent, silly, soft, loyal parts of his own human self which get so covered up in muck.

I just love how much of my life these days literally IS church…

Nowhere to go.

Just the act of paying attention gets me there.

Really, there is beauty, I find in everything…with very little work I might add.

If we had no duality, which I confess I am currently squirming under the weight of..

I’d never get the full-on pleasure from my encounter with Lavender.

It was worth the suffering it takes to disengage and detox  my soul from humanity in the throes of seismic shifting.


5 Responses to “A Dog Named Lavender”

  1. Carole Zoom on February 19th, 2017

    I had a tea with a lovely woman who lives by love, thinks of love and being loving every moment to everyone — what a reminder!

  2. Paul on February 20th, 2017

    Your beautiful artwork goes so well with the lovely story of Lavender! I laughed out loud at you singing Ee-I-ee-i-O. Let yourself sing! Abso-f-ing-lutely!

  3. Adele on February 20th, 2017

    I love that painting too xxxxxxxxx

  4. Joe on February 21st, 2017

    Older man. Marginally sane. Thought I had stepped thru the portal to NM without knowing.

  5. Jann tenenbaum on September 23rd, 2017

    Pure joy to read this. Course I am partial to any conversation with a dog/God but I have never taken the time to listen to listen with a heartfelt ear. As soon as I read “soft brown companion” I felt the love.

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