Sad as sleepy morning comes.
Soft ground to rest your chin upon,
soft like you are, in need of no one’s
flag or ego-affirmation.
When you walk
children wave from car windows, elated
to see such unmasked joy – mouth in an open smile,
and eyes, happier still – dark as toiled earth, alert
to the house cat’s twitching ear.
Satisfied in the full morning sun, you move
from sidewalk curb to road, sniffing at poles
and thin strands of grass
as your long clumped fur like a sheep’s pleated coat
ripples in time with the end-of-summer’s wafting rhythm.
Treats, stuffed toys and laying contentedly
on your back, these things are enough.
Many have tried to imitate, parading
their off-white pups through neighbouring streets:
They saw you once and wanted the same.
But you were claimed by a private angel.
Fastened to good karma,
you glow, you germinate, and you proceed.
As you sleep by the door
in and out of your doggy dreams,
you defeat the need for tomorrow’s schemes.
With an unassuming soothing moan
you stretch then continue in rest,
abating the weight of my human despair.
Copyright © 2012 by Allison Grayhurst
First published in “See Spot Run Literary Magazine” March 2015
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