You said everything with your wags,
your tail all fluff and flash.
It was talking to me this morning,
telling me how happy you were,
unaware of my betrayal
even as I lead you to the gallows.
Your eyes were so dark and deep,
deeper and deadlier than quicksand.
To look into them was to sink in the depths
of un-asking loyalty and endless love,
love without boundaries, without conditions,
your trust in me unquestioned.
The mask of pandemic
soaked by tears and guilt.
These are strange times to die
and I wonder where I’ll see you next.
Maybe in the shape of soiled laundry
lit at night by dim bath room light,
or in small heaps of fallen branches
crumpled in the backyard
where we went for our walks.
Wherever you are now,
you are unencumbered by collar and leash.
Run free, chase your terrors and heartache away
and I’ll soon be there beside you,
my tears finally dissolved,
my worthiness unquestioned again.