As you measure your days

from the suspension point


the dog rolls belly up into

full gravity 



her four paws drifting

above thrown back ears,

lips drawn like drapes

pulled away to reveal


the killing canines of her ancestors

sharp slashes in the softness,

oddly comic, almost fierce


like the freeze frame squirrel

that posed quivering this morning

in early spring slim,

red coat fanned by the sun


into embers caught as ellipsis

between pause

and alarm, 

admonishment vibrating its

question mark tail


reminding you 


of this gelatinous dog 

slack back relaxed in a

parenthetic joy


but of how easy it is 

to not notice 

your own shape

or how you punctuate this life


and what 

it might mean

to read it.

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  1. Wow, this definitely did not go where I expected… So, so good at the end!! Thanks, as always, for writing.

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