in heavy heat of day,
in heavy gait
with heavy beats—
right hind leg,
right fore, left hind,
left fore, and so on.
slow, smooth. but she
trots now, seeing
human-friend to enjoy
a cool rinse, a fresh-
picked black raspberry.
she nudges us both,
cuddles close. three
cats stretch in loft—
lacie’s large brown eyes
take all in. mine, too.
i breathe in
a ton of love.