This painting features Jason and Ehren's childhood dog Cody.
Many an adventure
began as a daydream,
or some wistful notion
while you strummed your guitar,
or wandered through the words
of an old book
with etchings of faraway places.
Maybe you chiseled a model of the boat
from your fantasy
to give it a touch of reality.
Then one day
when your wife was a few months
pregnant and anxious
to mother a real baby,
you surprised her with a puppy
under your jacket
and named her Cody.
Her dog would always be six months
older than your son.
The puppy grew up at your side over the years
while you sketched your plans.
She got old
and before you were ready to launch your ship,
her sweet Soul
sailed into the deep black night.
Some do make it out to sea.
Some don't get beyond
the birdbath in the back yard.
you fill every page of your book,
you play every note of your song,
and your marbles
turn to tear drops
on your work bench.
You come to realize
it wasn't a sea story after all.
It was the tale of a little dog
who loved you.