The dog view of New Year’s Day

paws on snow


Day one of the year broke open quite drear,

freezing fog, the look of a shiny glazed doughnut.

Isn’t it great that dogs aren’t prone to shed tears

over weather? We simply get busy with the human, so sleepy!

We waggle and snuggle and march with no fear

into the frozen back yard, jumping, pulling our paws from

fog icing that glazes fast to our feet, so hard and quite sheer.

Sliding and sticking we go after those doves

who try roosting and claiming our personal spaces, right here.

Indoors we fly-y-y for our breakfast, then off to warm spots,

while the person lights candles to bring us some cheer.


candle in jar


Happy new year, indeed.  More buffalo, please.


Author: Rising Over the Smoke

Rising Over the Smoke is me looking for larger patterns, hidden meanings in what goes on all around us. The world gets more conflicted and confused from one year to the next, or so it seems. Some days life feels fresh, open, energized, connected, others more nuanced, confused, distanced, lethargic. To me writing is a way of exploring my place, and perhaps that of others. I am Baha’i, thus my thoughts are affected by my faith. Beliefs include independent investigation of truth, equality of men and women, the essential harmony between science and religion, that there is one God from whom all the world’s religions spring, that we diverse humans are all of one family. The Baha’i Faith is unlike other existing world religions as it does not claim to be the only “true” path or religion. The Baha’i Faith acknowledges all sacred traditions and religions as equal.

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