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Portrait of the Author with a Dog, Not Her Own
by
Pat Hale


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A golden retriever has been hired
to pose with the author for the photograph
on her book jacket. The author rests one hand
 
on the head of the dog leaning against her leg;
the dog seems to be lifting his head
into this touch, lending the author his warmth
 
and easy charm, making the author seem like
someone you would want to drink coffee with
on a porch some morning as the sun was rising;
 
makes her book seem like one you might
not be able to put down some Autumn night
when what you really need is sleep.
 
In truth, the author’s sleeve smells so
enticingly of cat, the dog can barely
restrain himself from leaping.
 
In truth, the author doesn’t like dogs,
doesn’t like to touch dogs, can’t wait
to wash her hands, to go home, to exchange
 
the stiff jeans and borrowed leather jacket
for her pink chenille bathrobe
with appliquéd teapots for pockets.
 
She will curl up on the couch in front of the tv
while a cross-eyed Siamese prowls the house
yowling, marking the door frames.
 
And the dog – he will curl up on his own couch
the other side of the city, where he can snuffle
and twitch, dreaming of rabbits.

© by Pat Hale.
Used with the author’s permission.

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Pat Hale is a Connecticut poet with fond memories of her childhood in western Pennsylvania. 
She has loved to read and write since she was a little girl. Pat’s award-winning work has appeared in many journals and she facilitates a writing group modeled on the Amherst Writers and Artists method.

 

 


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Eiken:
Beautiful poem and wonderful picture:)))) Maire
Posted 10/29/2011 01:18 PM
wendy morton:
Reality, I like to say, is always something else. What a delightful poem.
Posted 10/29/2011 12:45 PM
dotief@comcast.net:
I love it! What you see may be quite different than what really is. Great poem!
Posted 10/29/2011 07:57 AM
tannerlynne:
what a great poem! a perfect picture of both the author and the dog.
Posted 10/29/2011 07:17 AM


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