Excerpts and links to some vivid poetry as a kind of consolation, thanks to The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine, and to some wonderful writers:
Alicia Ostriker’s celebration of animal exuberance in Poetry:
“A Dog Has Died” by Pablo Neruda
…all his sweet and shaggy life,
always near me, never troubling me,
and asking nothing.
Mary Oliver has a recent book of dog-related poems. Critics have derided it as sentimental–but that’s part of the role dogs play for us humans. Only part, though. There’s more, I think; but at present–no intellectualizing. Emotion–feeling–is fundamental to the human physiology.
Here’s my favorite photo of her.
“Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift.” ~Mary Oliver