Yes, dog poetry is a thing! Here are two favorites, one extolling the joys of a new dog and the other, the joy of a lost dog found.

“THE NEW DOG” BY LINDA PASTAN

Into the gravity of my life,

the serious ceremonies

of polish and paper

and pen, has come

this manic animal

whose innocent disruptions

make nonsense

of my old simplicities-

as if I needed him

to prove again that after

all the careful planning,

anything can happen.

“LOST DOG” BY ELLEN BASS

It’s just getting dark, fog drifting in,

damp grasses fragrant with anise and mint,

and though I call his name

until my voice cracks,

there’s no faint tinkling

of tag against collar, no sleek

black silhouette with tall ears rushing

toward me through the wild radish.

As it turns out, he’s trotted home,

tracing the route of his trusty urine.

Now he sprawls on the deep red rug, not dead,

not stolen by a car on West Cliff Drive.

Every time I look at him, the wide head

resting on outstretched paws,

joy does another lap around the racetrack

of my heart. Even in sleep

when I turn over to ease my bad hip,

I’m suffused with contentment.

If I could lose him like this every day

I’d be the happiest woman alive.

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