zen dog

credit - swb

credit – swb

We’re nearing the end of the collection “Dog Days” with today’s post. While I continue to write about my faithful canine companion, I have yet to try writing in her voice. But we certainly have had our raucous romps and quiet cuddles throughout the years. I am so grateful for her in my life. As much as I rescued her, she has in many ways done the same for me.


Short attention span,
some would say of she who can
hold my gaze as long as I ask

but flits from scent to tree
to moving hand, eager
to be the one to greet

to initiate encounters
of frolic and speed;
throw a ball

and she runs quick as silver
but once there, turns
to the flowers, or from the child

equally planted there.
It comes to me now – she
lives with beginner’s mind

is the only one of us
truly present
moment to moment.



4 thoughts on “zen dog

  1. Sarah, I think you have quite a warm and meaningful collection in Dog Days. THere are so many people I know who would relate to these poems, keepers of dogs, the rescuers and rescued, as you say. I love this one especially, the Zen Dog, which I believe is a new one, I think you should take your own challenge and try a poem in dog voice ! Looking forward to seeing you before too long …. keep walking, keep writing, keep loving …. !

    • Thanks, Anne. You are such an avid supporter of my words. Much appreciated. We’ll see how Loki wants to be heard – for now, it’s in the variety of tones emphasized, squeaks long and short that she produces from a green rubber squeaky ball. Very effective 🙂

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