Poem-A-Day Challenge: Day 3

April is National Poetry Month so I’m tackling the Writer’s Digest 2019 April PAD Challenge hosted by Robert Lee Brewer.

Today’s prompt: Write an animal poem.

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STRANGER

I don’t know you but I look forward to seeing you every day.
Twice a day actually,
even three times if the weather’s fine
and your dog pulsing to get out.
Or at least I imagine it this way,
him dancing by the door, eager,
trusting you will gladly surrender your cup of tea and plush seat by the fire
to don your tan coat and follow his ticking feet down the path.
He’s always pressing on, curiously muzzling his way forward
while you tenderly follow—
you’re in no hurry.
Some who can’t see past your years might say you
shuffle
or shamble
but I know better.
You’re a man who takes your time (in the way that taking
can be gentle),
each step deliberate, grateful—
an act of savor.
I think there’s nothing you like more
than to be out in the fresh day,
the leash a welcome tether to your last companion
and him a necessary buffer against the burrowed sadness.