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Stature

Scottie dog on his walk
     parading onto sidewalks of quiet drama
his bristling, buoyant hop
                                      on three legs
while an old man, cane in hand, grasps the dog's leash
      a life line between them
      glimpse of resistance
      measured movements
      occasional threads of panic
to claim their space, the edges of a frame,
                                      the lilt of living

others step the circle around them
quick glances to thaw cellphone attention
permitted entry into a private moment
                             that graces the pair 
                             like morning light

strength can be a force greater than fear
that shapes the land they tread on
for an old man, cane weary, and his three legged dog
their return walk
mounted together
a noble bearing
    through May's green door
    that summons them forward
    that marks time pressing,
                         to hold their footing



Poem written: May 16, 2022

Copyright © Brian Sambourne | Year Posted 2022

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Date: 5/16/2022 8:10:00 PM

love your opening stanzas with the dog and his old man both three-legged then the last two ending lines...great write as always :)
Date: 5/16/2022 10:35:00 AM

Enjoyed.
Date: 5/15/2022 2:21:00 PM

Two three legged buds, what a pair. Good write.

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