In memory of a very good dog, without too much vile sentiment


Trolling the supermarket
with a wobble-wheeled cart,
running nowhere, fast as you can,
on the treadmill’s highest setting,
anywhere really where thoughts
can scatter, you are sifting
through the rag-and-boneyard.

Florid vegetation everywhere,
the rapid growing kind,
survives all killing;
dollsheads, ancient yellowed panties,
the occasional cracked safe,
rust-leaking, interspersed
among the twining roots.

The water here is strong,
high scented, alive with life
and calling out death.
Pick a spot along the bank,
clear a space among
the greenish bones.
This is the place
where we all lie down.

If a limping dog
should join you there,
grey-coated, blind,
take him in your arms.

Hold him close,
while you can,
in this place of uncoupling.
You are a regular visitor here,
he’s just passing through:
such need your comfort.

Across the river
the fields are more vivid
than you have ever seen,
weedless. The trees are tall
in golden air. Their breath
is sweet and lingering.

When he crosses the water
you are still afraid to drink of,
his limbs will strengthen,
his eyes will gleam
with their old forgotten joy.

When the two of you part
by your various paths
you will go rested,
heavy with story
and with filth
on your clothes
ready for writing.

He will shake the water off,
his coat shining lupine
and black, with a richness
he has never known.
He will run, white teeth
snapping at gilt motes
he can finally catch.


About Bethany W Pope

Bethany W Pope is an award winning author of the LBA, and a finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom Awards. Her work was listed for the Cinnamon Press Novel Competition. She received her PhD from Aberystwyth University’s Creative Writing program. Her first poetry collection, A Radiance was published by Cultured Llama Press in June. Her second collection, Persephone in the Underworld has been accepted by Rufus Books and shall be released in 2016. Her work has appeared in: Anon, Art Times, Ampersand, Blue Tattoo, Sentinel Quarterly, The Delinquent, De/Tached (an anthology released by Parthian), The Writer’s Hub, New Welsh Review, Every Day Poems, And Other Poems, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Magma, Words & Music, The Quarterly Conversation, Tears in the Fence, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Planet. Her work is due to appear in the next issues of Poetry Review Salzburg, Acumen, Pacific Poetry , Music& Literature, Anon, and The Screech Owl.

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