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In Memory of the Family Dog

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In Memory of the Family Dog

for Sam

We take turns stabbing 
with our shovel at rocky clay dirt
until the cut's deep 
enough for what little remains 
of our family dog.
Warm wet salt drops--
on my tongue as
I sip wine from a fragile glass
Stare through to hawks 
swimming in October winds
circling hills full of Diablo
full of still, 
old oaks--
petrified, bony.

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  1. Date: 1/19/2012 1:24:00 PM
    Wishing you would grace us with some new poetry soon. You are missed Tamra. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/4/2009 9:51:00 AM
    I just wrote a poem to my Mister dog that was put to sleep in May ... I thought about having a drink but they don't make enough alcohol in the world for me ... smile ... been in recovery too long ... another great write from you Tamra ... you have a way of expressing a lot of emotion in just a few words. Thanks for being at the Soup !!

  1. Date: 8/14/2009 11:15:00 PM
    "Stare through to hawks /swimming in October winds/circling hills full of Diablo" potent lines, Tamra. Great write. Ruben.

  1. Date: 8/10/2009 6:21:00 AM
    What a wonderful way to start a new week reading your new poetry Tamra.Thank you for sharing it. Love, Carol