A Dog’s Life

Our family dogs are very special members of the pack. Ever waiting, ever giving, they are a joy of life. This poem is for them. Their website is at: http://siraengus.wordpress.com

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Aengus and Baxter take time to smell the roses!

I have waited all day,
Patiently, in the house.
The sounds outside interesting,
Though some of them strange.
I have lifted my head
Listening to sidewalk footsteps.
I thought it might be you,
They were not.
Twice I wandered to the yard,
Feeling the grass tickling,
Smelling the flowers and dew.
All the loose things lying about,
I picked them up and
Move them, several times.
I ate or drank when I wanted,
Though I did not have a hunger.
The phone rang four times,
I did not answer it.
My only interest is you,
You complete my day,
For you I live and long.
The neighbor cat visited.
It walked the window ledge,
Peering in at me,
But it has no motivation,
It’s just a stupid cat.
The radio has been on,
At least there are voices.
The clock inside me is ringing,
I know that you will be here,
Soon.
The thought of you makes me quiver,
Then I hear the key in the door,
I hear the rustle of your clothes,
Your scent fills my lungs.
And there you are.
I am so happy I could burst.
You reach for me,
Take my face in your hands,
Saying, “Hey boy, how was your day.”
It is good now,
You are home.

©2011, Donald Harbour

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8 thoughts on “A Dog’s Life

  1. “My only interest is you”. That surely does fit a dog, doesn’t it? I’ve had cats — a couple who only regarded me as a bit of scenery except when they wanted me to feed them, and another who continually saw me as a giant, brown throw-pillow made out of flesh. Gotta love the pack animal, eh? Nicely done in reflecting the mind and POV of your dogs.

    -Nicole

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  2. Aengus and Baxter are both Buddhist dogs. Every morning we meditate together and watch the sun rise. I am aware that dogs do not communicate in the sense that we humans communicate. However when I look in their eyes often they say more to me than most humans do in a day of conversation. Humans have forgotten how to listen. Thanks Cyn for the comment.

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  3. Donald, I believe you have captured what a dog feels when his or her owner is not home. My husband told me dogs have no sense of time. My dogs react the same joyous way, whether I have been gone 5 minutes or 3 hours. Your dogs are gorgeous. Nice write.

    Pamela

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