7.31.2010

for Drew



For the graceful expansion of capillary waves.
For the shake of embracing that risk.


YOUR DOG DIES

it gets run over by a van.

you find it at the side of the road

and bury it.

you feel bad about it.
you feel bad personally,

but you feel bad for your daughter

because it was her pet,

and she loved it so.

she used to croon to it

and let it sleep in her bed.

you write a poem about it.

you call it a poem for your daughter,

about the dog getting run over by a van

and how you looked after it,

took it out into the woods

and buried it deep, deep,

and that poem turns out so good

you're almost glad the little dog

was run over, or else you'd never

have written that good poem.

then you sit down to write

a poem about writing a poem

about the death of that dog,

but while you're writing you

hear a woman scream

your name, your first name,

both syllables,

and your heart stops.

after a minute, you continue writing.

she screams again.

you wonder how long this can go on.

Raymond Carver

you walk to the kitchen
to grab something to eat.
you find your woman lying on the floor,
next to your dog.
covered in dirt.
you star to bark.

N. Doulos

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