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What Do You See in Your Pet's Eyes?

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. ~ Martin Buber, Theologian/Philosopher
In the photo above is Maggie, my son Luke's dog. She had been terribly abused by her original owner when Luke bought her and took her home with him. When I first met her some years ago she lowered her head, growled a little, and ran under Luke's truck. In time, after trying to gently approach her, she came to me. I wanted herto know I meant her no harm; that I only wanted to love her.

Her eyes still show some of her deep hurt and fear. And there is a bit of sadness in her expression. But, through Luke's love and care, she blossomed. She has such a stately presence now. When she's not inside the truck next to Luke, she is running alongside it when he’s going to feed the cattle. She is loyal to him in every way and protective to the end. She goes with him everywhere. She adores Luke.
When I'm at the ranch she sits at my feet while I pet and love on her. I sometimes hol…

A Poem of Anguish

I Took My Daughter to the End of the World

I took my daughter to the end of the world And showed her the carnage and death
We walked through the ruins of Syria and Iraq And we saw things no humans should see
There were children in blood and mothers in tears And fathers alone in the streets
Bombs were falling not far away While the rubble and chaoswerenear
There were screams of pain There were screams of fear
And my daughter said, Daddy, Why is this happening here?
And back in the States where the power resides People don’t think of the end of the world
We’re taking vacations on beautiful beaches And buying new cars and sleeping in peace
Our homes are intact and there’s plenty of food There are concerts to attend and ballgames to watch
Our politicians grow old in their greed and indifference While the Church sings its empty hallelujahs
The people with influence who could make something happen Do nothing to stop all the horrors of war
Out there in the dark at the end of the world My daughter and I wept but wha…