"dazzle gradually"

"Dazzle Gradually" 2016 poems, paintings, new art & photography--a diary, a discipline, a delight. Read over my shoulder as I post my unedited poetry ---you can see it in the raw.


Polly Alice

Monday, September 29, 2014

Teaching the dog how to walk

Every day I take the dog out
I teach him how to walk
how to resist following a scent
not to pull on the leash
never bark at strangers.

Every day I take the dog out
I teach him how to walk
how to resist chasing a bird
not to pull on the leash
never bark, no never bark
at neighbors.

Every day I take the dog out
I teach him how to walk,
but you know he is teaching
me-- how to follow a scent
how to pull against what binds me
and to always shout, always
shout out to my neighbors.

Every day we go out for a walk
my rescued hound-- with the buck shot
in his foreleg, and me with all the
scars I carry. Both abandoned,
both rescued.  My dog,
he teaches me what it looks like
to be faithful, I teach him
how to forgive.

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