Tag Archives: Dogs

Darkness Sings

Crow walks off the road, through the fence you shaped by hand, stalks Black dog who lies smiling in the grass and sun. Cheap and easy lights burn the night away, blinding the stars singing their brittle songs in the … Continue reading

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Daisy’s Tanka

Her ears brown silk flags eyes deep as a woodland lake Autumn-colored dog– We meet here in our old age asking strength of each other.

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This Old Hound

We understand each other This old hound and I With our aging– Hell, aged joints And our life-long struggle To make ourselves understood. She of the long toes Of the curved claws Of the loud voice– She who must be … Continue reading

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This Old Dog

Old Dog has gone mostly deaf, Sleeps in the sun, Starts when I enter his field of vision, Turns round brown eyes to me, Tipping his black feathered tail, Asks why I sneaked up on him. All I can do … Continue reading

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While You Were Out–

Sun persuasive as love Breeze gentle as your touch World a green cocoon– Small brown doe picks her steps– A harmony of bone and tendon. For a blessed minute, The dogs don’t see her. Barrage of barking Showers like tiny … Continue reading

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On Looking Long into an Old Dog’s Eyes

Deeper than most men’s hearts, Crystal-studded brown wells Gaze back steadily – Simplify this world To a single aspiration: Kindness.

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Unnecessary Assurances

I travel my days alone This old brown dog Taking every step with me. Her deep eyes always asking Am I still yours? Are you still mine? Knowing the answers Just as I know them When I ask you.

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Black Lab Tanka

Streams of dark, soft ink Black whorls and swirls and rivers Clear brown trusting eyes If only we could all be As beautiful and loving

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Old Brown Dog

  Seal-faced Seven-toed Slinky-necked Twelve years ago You laid your long neck Across my rib cage To comfort me When I hurt too much How will I say goodbye to you?

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Garden Dog Tanka

Black dog pads softly Through the Swiss chard and parsley Staying on the path Such a sweet and kind regard Instinct set aside for love!

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