Wet brown Lab shakes and shimmers in the sun

Leaping from pool water streaks from brown blur

Teeth clutching red ball he lands on stone deck.

Rippling muscles over sleek fur jostle spraying water

Strutting chest out wagging raised happy tail

Brown eyes sparkle leaving paw tracks when he runs.

“Release! Drop!” We implore for another toss.

When set to retrieve he opens his jaw

Panting, and whining, urging us to throw.

We grasp and whirl curled rope of cherry sphere.

He dashes, leaps, and hurtles legs spread,

Crashes the surface his teeth on its mark:

An obsessive wild dance with reckless abandon.

His moist broad head fur glistens like a Grizzly’s.

He pursues the target into a rosemary hedge.

Returns wafting a spicy aroma and

His intense glare demands, “Throw it again.”

He hears a siren and coyote-howls to the sky.

Tame, adorable, tenacious, and instinctive.


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                                                                                                              Barkley with Dan

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About Daniel C. Lavery

Dan’s writing shows his transformation from a child to an athlete and a Duke pre-ministerial student where he began to question ancient and arbitrary dogma. He graduated from Annapolis, navigated a Navy jet, and a ship to Vietnam, fell in love, turned peace activist and a civil rights lawyer for Cesar Chavez's UFW. His memoir, "All the Difference," describes the experiences, some humorous and others deadly, that changed his consciousness from a pawn to an advocate crusading for justice against some of the most powerful forces in America.

2 thoughts on “Barkley

  1. Beautiful poem, Dan. It’s easy to tell you love your dog. I can easily see this in a collection of other “dog” poems. Keep up the good work!

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