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Morning Meditation with Wandering Dog
Pat Hale

A golden retriever slips into the scene
carrying a lime green tennis ball
in his mouth. He trots the beach, tail waving,
waiting for someone to wrestle the ball
away from him. He wants to run.
He wants to swim out into deep water
to where the ducks float, to make them rise up
in a loud-voiced thrashing of wings.
He wants to shake out his heavy coat and hear
the squealing of children. The sun makes him
crazy with happiness. The same god
that paints peacock feathers and lets
a goldfinch ride a single swaying stem
shapes his heart. A man throws a ball
out into the water; the dog goes after it,
not stopping to wonder if he can swim.
This poem first appear in Common Ground Review.
Used here with the author’s permission.




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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A perfect picture of the goldens on our "dog beach"! MY dog, on the other hand, has no interest in balls of any kind, but will happily run and swim next to a dog retrieving one.
Posted 06/21/2012 12:02 PM
So many times I have been this dog, and it is my only refuge to remember this truth when I read poems like yours, Pat, for when I do, I am revealed to be who I really am, some summer sunshine waiting to be born anew. Thank you for the memory, and for the words, for the chance to awaken here, and live again.--Suzanne Bell
Posted 06/21/2012 11:05 AM
Glen Sorestad:
A lovely poem, Pat. You've captured this moment, this dog, beautifully. So many perfect details.
Posted 06/21/2012 10:40 AM
I had just such a dog when I was growing. It brought back many treasured memories. Connie Currie
Posted 06/21/2012 05:53 AM

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