Dog II


The river has a hollow in it

where you would have fitted

four footed leap plunge

the spring of you

the coil of that pulsing good-will body

full of joy’s vibrations

intent on the moment

as if every passing one was a smell too rich

not to contemplate

the airborne seconds

the water’s thick arms all over your fur

and how you threw it back

off your coat when it let you go.


Sometimes you shadow me

are so close – those times we nosed

one after the other

over the sand sky water

the sweep of your tail an extension of my arm

you a blur in my eyeline

a flash of brightness shimmering

or sleeping all purry soft

the grass smell of your paw pads

the easy heave of your breath.



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