Monday, February 27, 2012


   For couples without children, dogs provide
   an object and a source of loving care.
   Since they don’t talk, in them you may confide
   the secrets of your heart, which they won’t share.
   Another name for “dog” should be a “hug,”
   just as a “pet” implies what pets are for:
   big ones you embrace, and small ones snug-
   gle in your lap, and both are to adore.
   Lest this seem a bizarre idolatry,
   misplaced devotion rightly given to God,
   (an anagram for dog), “Come unto me,”
   He said.  A sheepdog first obeyed his rod.
        Companion, friend, ally and faithful guide—
        no wonder dog and God are so allied.