AnElephantCant always be static
He still has a hankering to roam
But sitting here in Edinburgh Airport
In his mind there’s just one thought
In a few hours he will happily be home
Waiting for a flight to Nice, AnElephant once again launches a one pachyderm assault on this great weekly challenge hosted by his friend Al.
Please take a moment to check out this page to see some superb interpretations of the Japanese Haibun, a literary form which explores the relationship between the human experience and nature.
This week he chooses this film quote as his topic.
“Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.”
– Good Will Hunting
He is now over 80 years old.
He decides he wants another dog.
His wife is long dead, his children scattered, and although they visit often with his grandchildren, he spends too many lonely nights in contemplation.
He makes enquiries, hears of a quality litter of German Shepherds, still very young.
He sits in the kennels, studying the pups.
He fancies that he knows about dogs.
They are an impressive collection, who come, sit and go on command.
Except for one handsome beast who sits apart.
He calls it, in French and in dogspeak.
It ignores him.
He laughs, tries again, coaxes.
It ignores him.
That dog will never make the cut, he decides, shaking his head rather sadly.
Because there is something about it.
But never mind.
Then, for some reason, he finds he is now less keen on the others.
He sighs, disappointed.
It rises, walks to him, sits at his feet, and gazes up into his eyes.
Now he understands.
No one chooses this dog.
He chooses you.
He names it Eros.
Five years have now passed.
The old man is gone.
Eros now looks after Emmy.
And he has also chosen me.
He is my friend.
their role in life
that was great. I love the idea of a dog that chooses you. Very intelligent animal. 🙂
Great writing, Elephant!! Your dog sounds quite royal.
aloha AnElephantCant. this is an excellent read. you understand dogworld in much the same way i do (as in this write). i may be accepted into the dogs pack (even if it is only one dog) even tho i’m a bit odd walking on my hind legs all the time. unless i’m accept tho. . . . yikes. and it’s always that one off dog that i match up with too. fun. and way cool. aloha
Oh that’s wonderful! I LOVE dogs!! I can’t imagine my life now without one! 🙂
Very well written good sir, enjoyed this and felt you captured the connections between man and beast so very well. Lovely haiku as well.
That’s a stunning story. I love it
Heartwarming. I like this very much.
Beautiful post 🙂
Eros can’t contain his grin
he is a haibun star
and his best friend
comes home from afar.