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Juno, The Rescue Dog

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Juno, The Rescue Dog

An old tennis ball
near your resting head
waits patiently for a sign, biding its time.

Sunday’s sleek playground rocket
is Monday's slumbering sentry
dog-tired from yesterday’s triumphs.

Rescue dogs rummaged
Trade Center rubble undaunted by danger
Nine-Eleven just another reason to please,

and a pound's little penitent
cramped in a Salt Lake City kennelbox
waited patiently for a sign, biding her time

to save a family,
to be our unsuspecting guide,
a seeing eye through which we see life anew:

We taught you to sit 
and obey our commands; you teach us 
the secrets of dog-grace,

to judge not, 
and how you would lay down your life
without first having to find your inner dog.

We filled your bowl 
with tapwater to lap, and in turn 
you pour out your undying loyalty.

We gave you a mat 
in the corner, and for that
you ask for no greater privilege than

to guard our house
with your own precious life,
shark-eyed friend.

They say Dogwood
takes seven years to bloom.
You would have waited that long for us 
wouldn’t you, our floppy-eared pal?

Go get the ball, girl!  Time to play!

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  1. Date: 7/19/2011 7:49:00 AM
    So much emotion flowing in the poetry I am reading today of the seasoned poets and the new poets. I am happy I was able to read your poetry today Rhys. Have a wonderful day and I will be back soon to read more of your writing. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/18/2011 6:47:00 PM
    Nice dedication, Rhys