Friday, November 21, 2008

Poetry Friday: Dog Music

My dog loves to howl when the firetrucks go by. She also howls when I leave the house without her. Or if she hears my voice on the answering machine. This one's for her.

Dog Music
by Paul Zimmer

Amongst dogs are listeners and singers.
My big dog sang with me so purely,
puckering her ruffled lips into an O,
beginning with small, swallowing sounds
like Coltrane musing, then rising to power
and resonance, gulping air to continue—
her passion and sense of flawless form—
singing not with me, but for the art of dogs.

The rest is here.


  1. Sara,

    Here's to our canine and feline friends who become members of our families! I've been a fan of Paul Zimmer's poetry for years. Thanks for this Poetry Friday post.

  2. Sorry about that, Sara! somehow I didn't get Mr. Linky set up correctly, and it crashed my blog! Come on over to post your poem on the link.

  3. Is that really Indy? She looks so noble! More like she would intone the National Anthem than howl :)

  4. I'm sure I can see Coltrane in your dog, Sara - maybe in the stray fur blowing in the wind?

    Nice poem by Zimmer! I bet you would like Mary Doty's dog poems, too.

  5. I LOVE LOVE that first verse, in particular. Off to send this to a friend...


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