A December Poem

From my collection, Beneath the Lion’s Paw, (FootHills Publishing, 2012):

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White Dog

Faint dog bark on the folded edge

of snowy wind, lone animal out,

ruff up, nose topped with white,

eyes narrowed, lashes iced.

 

He roots in the turned-over garden,

ignoring the stretched and shrunken skin

of late fall fruit, roots for earth to smell

its real smell and be reassured he is where

he thinks, in his yard, and that the sly,

despicable gods have played no tricks

since his last trip out.

 

His coat is white as snow; he believes

this is as close to oblivion as he can get;

entranced, he is pleased but cold.

Sensing the call of ancient blood,

he runs at the black and twitching trees,

through veils of whitened breath,

enjoying the flow of legs and paws.

 

Fierceness rules his heart until

he hears the call from kitchen door:

“Rex!” then off he goes to acquiesce,

attentive to years of small rewards

that make him forget his truest self.

 

Merry! Merry! Merry!

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About Laury A. Egan

The author of "The Outcast Oracle" (A Kirkus Reviews "Best Book of 2013"); "Fog and Other Stories'" a psychological suspense novel, "Jenny Kidd'" and "Fabulous! An Opera Buffa" (forthcoming, 2017). Poetry: two full-length collections: "Snow, Shadows, a Stranger" and "Beneath the Lion's Paw;" and a chapbook, "The Sea & Beyond," all issued in limited editions. For many years, she worked as a senior designer and administrator for Princeton University Press and later as a freelancer for 20 publishers.
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