“Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased.
It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born.
What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass? What would this world be like without dogs?”
Mary Oliver, Dog Songs
And the dog down the street.
…I have a givenness to the dogma.
Don’t try to rush things:
for the cup to run over,
it must be filled first.
Antonio Machado, Don’t try to rush things (from Poem 41)
What a rush.
…I have a givenness for the cup to run over.
"The Lord said to him, “The washing you do is like cleaning only the outside of a cup or a dish. But what of the inside?" Luke 11:39
…I have a givenness to dishpan hands.
Why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?
Lament like Naomi.
…I have a givenness to the lost art of lament.
And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Was he beside himself?
…I have a givenness to crying on the inside.