I have a choice
Of whether to use my voice
Whether to speak up loud
Or hide in the crowd
To share my ideas abound
Or take them to the ground
I choose to share
Not entirely sure where
But quiet is not me
I’ll shout with glee
There are things to say
So I start this day.
What do you want now?
Your have such high demands on me.
All I want to do is sit here and be calm.
To enjoy my day leisurely with the luxury that is deserved to me.
So what? What can I do for you before I go back to my cat nap.
Momma, I love you.
And not just a little bit.
Like all the treats that you’ve fed to me love
Momma, I know you know how much I love you
Even when I’m barking up a storm during your yoga class
It’s because I love you. I want the world to know my love
Every time I shout from my tiny little (dare I say cute) dog lungs,
It’s a cry of support and love for you.
I cherish you, as I know you cherish me.
It is surprising when you leave me behind to spend time elsewhere
But it only heightens my energy to share my love for you when I get reunited.
And momma, I love you like I love shoelaces.
Both you and shoe laces are delicious.
If you made me pick between the two, I would pick you, but it would be tough. Shoelaces are awesome.
I love our walks, and especially the part where you try to get me move and we play our fun little game we play where I lie down in the shade.
I know that secretly you are happy for the break, I can see this in all the barking you do at me in those moments.
That’s when I know we are connected.
We are the same, you and I, momma.
See me here, in this moment, practicing on my belly like you do.
I even have my tongue stuck out like you.
Okay, momma, now that I have told you about my love, I will bark, and you will give me a treat!
A poem by Zachary Cohen, written in the voice of Lily Van Schaak, photo provided by Leslie Van Schaak.
Oh, pardon me while ai snuggle
I don’t want to start a tuggle,
But this blanket is now mine
Move and I’ll make you whine.
This is my place
Watch your face
I need some peace
To rest on this fleece
I’ve had a long day
I’m far too tired to play
So let me be
And you will see
Tomorrow I will be more fun
We will go out and frolic in the sun.
Mecca of Snow + Ski
A great place for gaining chi
Not too far from Reno
Best enjoyed with a glass of Vino
Snow is better than the east coast
Good enough for this worthy toast
The air is so crisp and clear
So raise your very best beer
Lets start this off with the right level of cheer
Stand Up, get off your rear
Get your ass out here
Even if you are not near
Because this is the place
Come show your face!