May 31/20: Four Riders; 86.6 kms; 2 hour 53; 510 metres

Only four horses this morning galloping along the roads of Renfrew County into a heavy northwest wind. Tough going, cool temperatures, and an overcast sky made progress slow. The swirling wind was like a dog suddenly released from the leash – unharnessed and running in circles, erratic, and unbounded by convention or discipline. Still, where else would you rather be on a gloomy Sunday morning that in the company of compatible buddies each taking a turn helping the other one, held together fast by an indissoluble concord.

Beauty is a broad and diverse canvas and is found in the grand and in the ordinariness of the everyday. Special moments abound in a life, numerous like stars in the sky, always there in light but revealing themselves only in darkness. Thankful and grateful and ever hopeful … .

Life slips away, like dripping water from a kitchen tap, inconsequential but lost forever, like Cinderella’s slipper but with no happy ending.

Important Stuff – Tentative Plan:

Under development

Okay, stay fit, firm, fine – always.

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Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep A Gun In The House

The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark
that he barks every time they leave the house.
They must switch him on on their way out.

The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
I close all the windows in the house
and put on a Beethoven symphony full blast
but I can still hear him muffled under the music,
barking, barking, barking,

and now I can see him sitting in the orchestra,
his head raised confidently as if Beethoven
had included a part for barking dog.

When the record finally ends he is still barking,
sitting there in the oboe section barking,
his eyes fixed on the conductor who is
entreating him with his baton

while the other musicians listen in respectful
silence to the famous barking dog solo,
that endless coda that first established
Beethoven as an innovative genius. bc

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