Mesopotamia: New Poems (Sudbury, On.: Your Scrivener Press, 2009): 60.
1 The simple answer is economy. 2 Whenever a moment requires yes, 3 whenever sunlight fills a bouncing ball 4 or a treat is offered as reward, 5 or praise is worthy of the look he gives, 6 good boy wants to dance inside. 7 But he is clever, subtle, knowing 8 and reserved -- he is also cautious 9 because the slightest move 10 might shake the earth or startle birds. 11 He desires the peace you find in souls; 12 he wants your heart to find its God, 13 so he sits because he knows you know 14 the sound of wind when it is sleeping 15 or the sound of a blossom as it fades -- 16 he hears all you choose to ignore, 17 a pebble tossed in a zen still pool -- 18 he is keeping time to the eternal still. 19 Study him carefully. His tongue is out. 20 It is tasting the universe as it all slides by: 21 the dog wags because Earth is moving, 22 saves his energy for a leap of faith 23 when it spins too fast and you must get off. 24 He'll go first if you're afraid, 25 and he'll stop at nothing to pull you free. 26 He knows you better than you know your soul. 27 He will not lose you if you lose yourself.
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