happy lunar new year – the year of the dog.
“you can tell by the kindness of a dog how a human should be.”
image credit: google images – vintage
we pulled up at the same time
right next to each other
i got out
his family got out
he stayed in
we looked at each other
i said hello to him
his mom said
he insists on
on every journey
to get out of the car
until they all get home
he just loves to ride.
“i’m going along for the ride. the whole ride.
all the way to the end of the line. wherever that is.”
– al pacino in “carlito’s way – 1993
‘spill simmer falter wither,’ the debut novel by irish author, sara baume
is a devastating, and at the same time, beautiful, ode to empathy, to humanity and to the outliers of the world.
this is not your usual story of a man and his dog.
instead, it’s a 200+ page lyrical poem, with a lot of dark moments, and a few glimpses of light.
as it moves through the seasons, you will come to understand what led them to become who they are.
this is the story of a person and an animal
who most people would pass by without giving them a second thought.
after reading this book, i cannot stop thinking about them.
“i realise that you were not born with a predetermined capacity for wonder, as i’d believed.
i realise that you fed it up yourself from tiny pieces of the world.
i realise it’s up to me to follow your example and nurture my own wonder, morsel by morsel by morsel.”
― sara baume
image credit: marinerbooks.com, sara baume,spill simmer falter wither