The Black Dog Moves From Room to Room

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The Black Dog Moves From Room To Room

(for A. B.)

The black dog moves from room to room,
Wonders what sleeps behind this door.
The click of her nails on the floor
Beats a restless metronome.

She can't be hungry.
She's been let out.

Her click-click prayer wings its Morse like code to heaven
Where the uncomprehending god
Stares at the ceiling, waits for sunrise.

Movement catches my eye --
From her chair across the room,
Cat observes my ritual;

She hears me call your name.
Photo on the nightstand.

Through the window in the yard next door
Morning's infant soldiers march to school
Arguing rules of engagement.

Last night, cat left an offering at my temple,
Dead robin by the bedroom door.
No blood;
The bird went silently, bargained for a tidy corpse.

Our child will never be born.

The Black Dog Moves From Room To Room

 

(for A. B.)

 

The black dog moves from room to room,

Wonders what sleeps behind this door.

The click of her nails on the floor

Beats a restless metronome.

 

She can't be hungry.

She's been let out.

 

Her click-click prayer wings its Morse like code to heaven

Where the uncomprehending god

Stares at the ceiling, waits for sunrise.

 

Movement catches my eye --

From her chair across the room,

Cat observes my ritual;

 

She hears me call your name.

Photo on the nightstand.

 

Through the window in the yard next door

Morning's infant soldiers march to school

Arguing rules of engagement.

 

Last night, cat left an offering at my temple,

Dead robin by the bedroom door.

No blood;

The bird went silently, bargained for a tidy corpse.

 

Our child will never be born.


Submitted: October 30, 2020

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