Not away, but after
or contrary,

the reversal indicative
and untoward: scratching,

she spirals to the perfect
spot between us, touching both,

then sighs. In comfort, in ecstasy,
in contentment, who can say?

But we sigh in response.


48 thoughts on “Dog

  1. Dogs are really authentic and true creatures, if ever there were any. Even the “fru-fru” or really pampered-beyond-belief dogs, I think, probably have that internal devil-may-care attitude from time to time. Great poem, Robert; you convey unadorned dog movements so well through words, prepositions even!, that are not really a one-to-one relationship (e.g., “Not away, but after/or contrary,/the reversal indicative/and untoward…”) That is an awe-inspiring ability.


  2. Bob, thank you for introducing us to Apollonia! She is sooo precious! And your poem has painted a vivid word-picture that makes me want to see her “personally.” If you and your wife are home…well. that’ll be ok, too! *g*



  3. I have two Chihuahuas, so I know how snuggly they are, and how much it means to them, and to me, to have that physical contact–comfort, ecstasy, contentment–probably all three 🙂


  4. Thank you for liking my blog, Running, Writing, and Traveling for Life! I haven’t thought of Li Po in donkey’s years! I must say Li Po was good in his time, but you have breathed new, more vibrant life into the lines. Allan Chapman (


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