Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Of An Afternoon

A part of me wanted to approach him, the man with his dog. I wanted to say, "He's beautiful, and I've always liked dachshunds."
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photo from dogdow.com
I'd have said, "I noticed you talking to the little guy. What was it you whispered so sweetly?" I saw them as companions, compadres, cohorts. They were dude and pooch, both squat and chesty with abbreviated legs, and a powerful bond.
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But instead I watched from my spot, cozy in that place between warm sunlight, cool wind.
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I decided that a verbal exchange I could dream up, the picture sketched before me, the what if, was good enough. Maybe better than the truth of the moment.
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So I looked on and I imagined, and that was all.

12 comments:

Sarah Allen said...

Love it :)

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Melissa Sarno said...

Sometimes the 'what if' is better. Beautiful description and emotion here. Thanks for sharing :-)

ralfast said...

Cute, but for some reasons that particular breed doesn't like me. The whole breed.

Oh well....

:(

Karen said...

Don't'cha love to people watch?

Lynn said...

So many stories we create from people watching! Love this!

Linda Hoye said...

People watching. One of my favorite things to do. It's fun to imagine the story behind the person.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Okay, so this just made me sad. Well done, but I really wanted her to go talk with him. In real-life I might not have the courage, but characters in books I read, I want them to do it.

thedomesticfringe.com said...

The "What if?" is the mark of a good imagination. I think so anyway. ;-)
-FringeGirl

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

What a cutie that little guy in the picture is!

I like the "what if..."

Kaye said...

I know how that feels.
I always get that whenever I see bomb sniffing dogs(Labrador retrievers).
But somehow I just can't talk to the handler.
hahaha!
wait maybe it's completely different thing coz they might suspect I am up to something as I try to approach them.

Deb Shucka said...

I like making up my own stories, too. Then finding out the real one just to compare. Nothing much cuter than a man who loves his dog.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Janna -

I love observing grown-ups, animals, and kids. Your what-if scenario was entertaining.

Blessings,
Susan :)