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skinny dog

it’s not fair that my dog can eat
anything and everything all day long
and still remain at an attractive puppy weight
what is his secret?
We are both anxious, needing to please
maybe I need a tapeworm
maybe he needs more access to ice cream
could it just be that he
spends more energy than I in pure delight
every waking moment
immersed in interesting smells
tearing through piles of golden leaves
wearing a path along the fence
greeting interesting children and
defending against menacing strangers
watching bees for hours and braving their sting
for a brief taste of sweetness
constantly eager to go for a ride
head in the wind with flapping ears and blowfish lips
new sights, new smells and an occasional gratifying sneeze
maybe I could roll this excess off my body like he does
sliding along the fragrant grass in the sunshine
stretching and collapsing into that comical
moment of pure satisfaction
all of life is condensed into now and now is good
rebuke lasts a moment, only long enough to snatch up a ragged toy
and deliver it with I’m-so-sorry ears and eyes
there’s nothing that can’t be made better with a wagging tail
and it’s back to joy again
content to be with me even if I forget his presence
dogs don’t hold anything in
learning to be as open as my dog is difficult
dogs don’t stuff their feelings down with food
they just eat when the opportunity presents itself
and then get back to the real fun
sometimes a tapeworm sounds a lot easier

skinny dog


Mentone, United States

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