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The Dogs Will Not Come

A poem about absent environmental leadership. "A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." ~ Josh Billings aka Henry Wheeler Shaw. 19th Century American humorist and lecturer.

By Caroline JanePublished 2 months ago 1 min read
The Dogs Will Not Come
Photo by Rachel McDermott on Unsplash

Tears of spilt milk and salt

fill whispering pools. Wrung-out clouds,

licked at by mealy mouths

of dogless sheep.


A whistle circles as a hawk

piercing peachy skies

with a hung and urgent



The milksop spreads

drowning banked shores in reflection.

The footloose sheep wade

without ripple.


Silted, they bleet out

hollow echoes of leached sentiment

and dip down

to de-louse.


The hawk flies away.

The dogs will not come.

nature poetry

About the Creator

Caroline Jane

Warm-blooded vertebrate, domesticated with a preference for the wild. Howls at the moon and forages on the dark side of it. Laughs like a hyena. Fuelled by good times and fairy dust. Writes obsessively with no holes barred.

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  • angela hepworth20 days ago

    Brilliant! A lot to dissect here!

  • The Dani Writerabout a month ago

    Now THAT...is some Nature poetry 😍 My favourite line: "...they bleet out hollow echoes of leached sentiment." Mastery that.

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Think I need a minute to soak it all in. Masterfully composed, lyrically told, and lovingly stated. Will read and reread til I know it has taken root.

  • Manisha Dhalani2 months ago

    Very nice, Caroline!

  • J2 months ago

    Explosively dynamic and intentional use of vocabulary and allegory. I want to say more, but a true work of art is better felt than explained, so I'll stop here.

  • The footloose sheep wade… my favorite line

  • But that was so sad yet so beautifully written! My favourite line was "The milksop spreads drowning banked shores in reflection."

  • Lindsay Sfara2 months ago

    Wow! This is beautifully written. Well done!

  • Excellent words and no doubt another Top Story

  • Holly Pheni2 months ago

    Very well written -- and deep!

  • Ashley Shiflett2 months ago

    Wow! BRILLIANT!! ❤️

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    I think the dogs have turned into to cats. They only use us for their own gain.

  • Jay Kantor2 months ago

    Cj ~ You always seem to cook-up a laugh as from a 'hyena' from me...Thanks, as always, 'Lefty' Jk

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    Brilliant. And somewhat vitriolic.

  • D.K. Shepard2 months ago

    Magnificent piece with intense depth!

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    Beautiful. But sad. Just...yeah.

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Exquisitely written!!! ♥️♥️💕

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