Magic, you once took me for a spin over the smooth ocean, with a sea gull and a passerby dog. The dog was our ballet master, instructing us with aesthetic purpose. We circled and bobbed at his urging—arms, wings and paws in unison—as a giant red sun rose out of the water.
We circled and bobbed at his urging—arms, wings and paws in unison—as a giant red sun rose out of the water.
I would call this interspecies communication of the third kind.
The dog? Maybe be had herding instinct. Maybe he trained at Juilliard.
The gull? He swam without a ripple. Proud and graceful as a swan.
Me? I was young and open to new experience.
I speculate that our pas de trois was not so unique, in the annals of time and experience. Variant brains have been forming since protozoa were young, sharing the experience of dawn over the ocean, which one doesn’t need a recumbent thumb or upright posture to appreciate.
I have not been asked back. Arguably I missed my chances by growing old and cautious, and spending dawns in bed, far from the ocean. I can’t realistically expect a passerby dog to break into my house, pull me from bed, and blow cobwebs out my ear.
From time to time, I’ve looked deeply into the eyes of a dog or a bird, looking for a wink of recognition. To date no one has spilled the beans, except for me, here.
Here is what I said about myself on the back page of my 2020 humor/drama/politico novel "The Debutante (and the Bomb Factory)" (edited here, for clarity):
"Jonathan Canter Is a retIred attorney; widower; devoted father and grandfather (sounds like my obit); lifelong resident of Greater Boston; graduate of Harvard College (where he was an editor of The Harvard Lampoon); fan of waves and wolves; sporadic writer of dry and sometimes dark humor (see "Lucky Leonardo" (Sourcebooks, 2004), funny to the edge of tears); gamesman (see "A Crapshooter’s Companion"(2019), existential thriller and life manual); and part-time student of various ephemeral things."
The Deb and Lucky are available on Amazon. The Crapshooter is available by request to the author in exchange for a dinner invitation.