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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
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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

silence.

//

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
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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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