Yesterday, on the anniversary of 9/11, Kay and I hiked on the Echo Trail near Ely, MN with 2 year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Barclay. Barclay knows nothing about airplanes, falling buildings, religion, economics, terror, or war. He makes friends with everyone. He rejoices in the present, leaping in the air, joyful for no particular reason.
On the hike we set him free from his leash and watch him romp along the trail, out and away from us – but not too far – and then galloping back like a race horse when called. Unfortunately, Kay’s slow motion video wouldn’t load for viewing.
Freed of his leash
he runs and leaps
his feathery coat
and flopping ears
fill the stale air
with the breeze
of joy unleashed.
- Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, September 12, 2015
Since we couldn’t upload yesterday’s slo-mo video, here’s a different view of Barclay’s playful spirit.