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Poem: At the Middlebury Dog Park

What joy unleashed, seeing
you here again, late
in the afternoon, after work.
 
So we can say hello,
front to end. Let out
of our cooped-up houses
 
and apartments. Owned
and for a moment freed.
To feel like ourselves.
 
Breeding and not bred.
Writing our names in pee.
Covering each other’s crap
 
with our own. To say
remember who we are.
Friends-in-the world
 
of different kinds.
Although I’m glad it’s you,
my look-alike.
 
Your friendly-growling.
Tail, a wagging metronome.
Your tongue, a pink flag-waving.
 
We can get lost in each other’s
fur for awhile. Before we’re found
over here, under the underpass,
 
with that homeless man, giving us
his hand to lick. For us to please.
My love, my Great Pyrenees. 
 
Gary Margolis
Cornwall

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