Reprise

old dog's sweetness

makes my heart swell

ten years of love spilling over

because you're going soon

 

I hold

each warm moment

each caress of soft fur

each lick of your gentle tongue

in cupped hands like a desert wanderer

savoring the last precious drops of water

 

adoring eyes melt into

adoring eyes and

just like with the man

who went before

every blissful sip

contains a drop

of pain

Published in And the Beat Goes On, Redwood Writers, 2014



 

Hunter

Stalking prey, 

hours pass, 

waiting, looking, waiting, 

hungry for reward. 

 

Victim appears. 

I choose, commit, 

ready to shoot. 

Eyes meet eyes 

for a heartbeat.

 

Escape abandoned, 

prey submits, 

destiny fulfilled. 

I am satisfied 

until the next time. 

 

Weeks later,

prey returns

in stunning photos.