A good dog will give you twelve year’s
obedience before breaking your heart.
I have not found the heart to replace
my good dog. It’s been almost five years.
This is part avoidance, but part enjoying
not owning a dog. This poem isn’t sad.
Most people I know seem to wait a year
before a new dog. People with cats less.
I have cats now. When my oldest cat dies,
I’ll wait three months out of respect and
then probably try to find one that’s nicer.
Don’t fret: she has tried to find someone
better many times, but apparently prefers
the brand of kibble I supply, the warm lap.
We have an understanding. When my car
died, I drove another one off a lot that night.
A car is not a dog even though it obeys,
nor is it a cat even though it’s workings
are mysterious to me. What I’m saying is
there’s a necessary waiting period before
it’s appropriate to replace something alive.
This goes for people, too. There is a period.
What I’m really saying is that I was in no
mood today, the day after graduation,
to sit in department meetings to plan next
year’s assessments, hours after the last
tossed mortar board hit the floor, hours
after the best parties had just ended.
Wow! This poem was a journey and I’m all about it! And its insights are ao true. We need time to regroup and recollect ourselves in order to move to the next phase of life. This is one of my favorites so far this year.
Thanks! It ended up in more places than I expected from when I first started writing it
A gokd poem will do that like it’s aware and knows exactly what it needs to be.
I really enjoyed this, especially “A car is not a dog even though it obeys,/
nor is it a cat even though it’s workings/
are mysterious to me. “
I’m so glad you do because I was really happy with that line in particular.
Love your title and the way it all comes together in the end. Very well done!
Thanks—it took longer than I expected to come together, but it got there eventually lol
Yes! Love the gentle humor, the truth, and the wisdom in this poem. Thank you!
I’m glad you liked it—after the second stanza I had to remind myself that I had set out to write something kind of fun and complainy lol
Beautifully done. I like the confiding tone of “We have an understanding.”
Thank you—I’m glad you like that line because it’s very true: my oldest cat is quite a pill
Really strong finish
love the turn. love getting to the turn.