Thursday, April 10, 2008

Perfect Posture



Unlike daffodils, who are always bowing low, tulips are upright, at least in the beginning of their bloom cycle. I love that upward, stretched out posture. Seeing them reminds me to stand up straight, extend my spine. Thank you, Brother Tulip! You, with your fully saturated colors and upright stance, seem so proud.

They are proud, in fact, until Jake mindlessly tramples one or two in his attempts to get the perfect trajectory for a pee. I love my dog, and I understand that if he can hang it high, the other dogs who come sniffing will be impressed, but his lack of appreciation for the ethereal beauty of tulips is a shame. Isn't it?

14 comments:

IntangibleArts said...

There's definitely a zen parable in that, or some kind of parable... where beauty exists, gets peed on by clueless tater-heads, and survives to be peed on another day...

IntangibleArts said...

no disrespect to jake, of course. he merely *represents* the clueless tater-head.

Reya Mellicker said...

No offense taken. Jake, like all dogs, has an aesthetic of smell. The visuals are not as compelling for him. In fact, when I yell at him for trampling flowers he always looks at me so quizzically. He can't figure out why I'm upset.

Barbara said...

The fact that Jake is still competing for the highest mark is a sign he's not over the hill yet. It's when they start squatting you know your dog is old.

Barbara said...

The fact that Jake is still competing for the highest mark is a sign he's not over the hill yet. It's when they start squatting you know your dog is old.

d. chedwick bryant said...

It's nice to see that Jake still has goals and wishes to impress and communicate with other animals.

When my niece was little she got all upset when a dog trampled her little garden and ...so forth. once we calmed her down a little we discovered she was sincerely worried about all the little flower fairies that she was sure lived in her garden.

Steve said...

Wow! I can't believe you all have such robust tulips already! You seem SO far ahead of us!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

I know it's not good to have favorites, but I do believe tulips are my most favorite of flowers. I never thought of their lesson for better posture, but I do believe I am sitting straighter right now!

lacochran said...

Is that a picture of the dog from a reflection on the GMC? Pretty clear for that! Or is that some sort of double exposure/photoshop thingy? It's interesting, either way. :)

Reya Mellicker said...

It's reflected off a dirty truck. I pumped up the contrast, otherwise it's a true image. Thank!

Hel said...

For some reason those tulips reminds me of Mary Poppins.

lettuce said...

hahaha. Jake is great


(tho i do love tulips too)


(& i've just remembered - i get to meet jake as well as you!!!!!!!!!!!)

Washington Cube said...

I have a book called Tulips (everything you ever wanted to know...trust me.) I've bought tulips just to see them droop...that's when they get interesting...for me. There was a Truffant film...Domicile Conjugal (Bed & Board.) The lead character is having an affair with a Japanese girl. She sends flowers to his home...tulips...and inside she has rolled on tiny slips of paper...love messages. In one scene, his wife is looking at the flowers...and they all open at once and drop the papers onto the table. That scene has stayed in my head for a LONG time....very strong visual.

Pod said...

go jakey!
class all the way
(hello you)
x