A Dog’s Life in Haiku

Our family dog Bud–now departed–would often spend hours lying beside the pond where he would observe Q, the Frog,  Tetley, the Turtle, and the constant motion of the goldfish. These are haiku I imagine would have passed through his thoughts, should he have been able to express himself with words. His eyes told me all I needed to know–that he was feeling the deep joy and love for all living things that we often feel, when we allow ourselves to leave our cars, work, and homes behind for the great outdoors. We miss him still. He died in the spring of 2005.

Beside the Pond

Awareness deepens
Between us–sensitive souls–
Is this mindfulness?

Goldfish–once timid–
Swim across the reflection
Of my smiling face.

Basking on a rock—
Tetley eyes my reflection
Then plays hide and seek.

About Peggy Pilkey

A writer, gardener, reader, amateur photographer, adult "third culture kid", former Library Assistant, once-upon-a-time world traveller, and CUSO volunteer.
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6 Responses to A Dog’s Life in Haiku

  1. anhaga1 says:

    Peggy, these are lovely. I can’t believe it’s been that long since Bud was still with you. I guess his spirit is still a presence in your life. ❤

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    • Peggy Pilkey says:

      Thanks, Jean. Yes, he was definitely on my mind yesterday when I went for a walk in Shubie Park. That may only have been the second or third time that I’d gone there in years, and to see the wonderful changes that have been made along the walking paths reminded me of how much Bud loved the place–especially watching the squirrels and the ducks. On Thanksgiving Day, I was making a “gratitude list” of select photos to post on Facebook, and I had so many to choose from–in addition to the long prepared paragraph enumerating them–that I gave up on the idea! Perhaps I’ll post a few at a time over the next few months.

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  2. Cilla says:

    I particularly love the Haiku Goldfish once timid, Swim across the reflection, Of my smiling face. Stunningly beautiful. I would think if you did a few more you could have a wonderful book – maybe call it Haiku By Dog (I originally thought Haiku by Bud but Haiku by Dog has a more…well…Haiku sound to it. Really. These haiku paired with the photos of your dog are really beautiful.

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  3. Cilla says:

    Oh…by the way….I too am a descendant of Nathan Savary. Nice to meet you!

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