Animal Mother

You love and give, and want it all,
Expecting nothing in return.
Your kind’s love is full of the angels’

As ours lacks of kindness.
Though you’re flawed in more ways than you’ll ever know, your place is at
The right hand of the Son of Man for suffering at the hands of sons of bitches.

You took on a name that wasn’t yours and made it mine to call you by,
Misunderstanding your nature, we created a language of blasphemy in your name
Treating you as if you too were human, but in every worst way.

Man’s greatest creation, at times, treated the basest beast of all:
Not eaten, but beaten; trifled, not treasured.
If your tail could tell a tale of its own, would our ears be keen to its entailing?

You are there and not there, around when I need you most—
More than you’ve needed me— slumbering sweet on my rug,
Next to my feet, and under my heart.

In the silence of your innocent stare you always know what to say,
Knowing me best by the tip of your fount nose than your densely foliaged irises.
You live your life, basking in its shortness, not caring

About its insignificance, but clinging to its fullness.
The pain you caused the mother who birthed you into this world
Impregnates deep within my heart as you exit its grey-clouded skies.

Your endless affection, learned by wild rote than by noble rite,
Extinguishable flame— one that burned bright during my mind’s
Darkest affliction, whose flecks of fur warmed places spurned by human concern—

The heat that snaps off the fire must, as your life-kindle,
Love its warm heart to ashes.
Embered memories, simmer still in kindred minds meant to hunt

Together, forever our flesh craved the empty heat of the moon
Branding silhouettes on the silent grass blades:
Cutting, unmoved by the breeze of our speed, steeling before their trampling,

Bent, broken, ripped from the root as the heart whose grip
Your weathered paws never trained me how
To release from its leash.

 

Image Credit

Dog Paws [Photograph]. Dan Gold. Accessed on 03/09/2018

11 thoughts on “Animal Mother

  1. Wow, what an emotional wallop, Ze! Anyone who is or has been close to a pet (and humans too) will be moved by this powerful poem. Overall, the poem made me reminisce happily, introspect, shed tears from a heartfelt ache remembering our beloved dog. I’ll do a reading of the poem when we gather to commemorate and talk about our shared joyful memories during the anniversary of his passing.

    One of your most compelling poems in terms of emotional tone. Truly touching! Quite close to my favorite one, “The Depths of You.” Dogs are akin to angels. Their human-like qualities of unconditional love, loyalty, unending tongue and tail wagging when they see you, etc. serve as reminders of the best qualities humans aspire to. It seems so natural for them as if they’re born with those qualities.

    Congratulations once more for another outstanding piece of writing! Always enjoy reading your stories and looking forward to the next one. Keep writing, my friend.

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  2. Thank you, Vida. This piece was specially close to me in that I consider my dog to be not only a part of my family, but a part of me. I’m glad that it reminded you of your dog, and that helped to bridge your memories of him with your emotions.

    In many ways, dogs and pets in general remind us of what is important in life, often acting more human than us.

    I always appreciate reading your notes and lovely words. Cheers!

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  3. Wow… I’m at a loss of words, really. My favourite parts were “The right hand of the Son of Man for suffering at the hands of sons of bitches.” and “Your weathered paws never trained me how
    To release from its leash.”
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  4. I never knew your talents extend into verse, Jose. I’m impressed, but not surprised, by your command of language.

    Lately, my love of dogs has reached a deeper level (a personal story I’d love to share with you sometime), so I relate to this.

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