Thursday, March 6, 2014

Slipping The Leash


Slipping The Leash







Lost in the cold
with the moon breathing down
my neck, the blanket of silence
is rumpled by
dogs sleep-hunting in the hall,
running, woofing,
in a place more real
 than kibble and collar.

Wide awake 
in fragmented dark,
I'm longing
to slip the leash
and howl,
but sleep's a fable 
I won't
hear tonight.



~March 2014



55 soft twitches and woofs for      the g-man
(And this also is the poem I owed Mama Zen : insomnia, in less than 60 words.)








Image: A Sketch of My Hound Kuttie, 1885, by William Merritt Chase
Public Domain, via wikipaintings.org

16 comments:

  1. Did you know that when you are Nightmaring, your dog stares
    at you and wonders WTF is going on?
    I LOVED this dreamy yarn!
    As all with you, It's Perfecto Mundo!
    Thanks for playing, thanks for being such a loyal supporter
    Please have a Kick Ass Week-End

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    1. I thought that was Bunco. Or maybe we shouldn't talk politics. Always my pleasure to play, G. May your weekend kick as much ass as you can stand.

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  3. I love dogs dreaming. Dog sleep-hunting a wonderful way to describe it and also to describe a person in a dog's night night. Slipping the leash also a great metaphor. (This is what I mean about thinking poetically.) k.

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  4. ha. i havent slept much this week myself...
    i got to my parents tonight and everyone was asleep...lol..
    maybe i was jealous a bit...smiles...they released my dad
    tonight...got him set up at home...and now it is my sleep
    time.

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  5. I've watched and wondered at dogs running their fields many a time. Your twist is perfect. ~

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  6. Just love the first verse! My guys twitch and whine - course my shepherd is a whiner awake or asleep ! thanks-

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  7. Beautiful dog sleeping. I am with him all the way.

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  8. I love watching dogs hunt in their dreams! As for the insomnia, it sounds like torture.

    ps--I love the art you found to go with.

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  9. Hate it when I'm unable to sleep (and that happens a lot). Love watching animals dream, I always wonder what they see. Hoping you get some good Zzzzz's.

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  10. Brought back fond memories of our dogs sleeping/ dreaming with their legs moving and their woofs. Always wondered what dreaming was like for them. I dearly love my sleep and can't imagine sleeplessness on any consistent basis.

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  11. I LOVE this poem and the picture....reminds me of how Pup would twitch and peddle his feet in his sleep those last months.......poignant, Hedge. Beautifully done.

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  12. I am sometimes amazed at how soundly my dog can sleep. The insomniac in me is clearly jealous.

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  13. Ah.. no dog here. . but i think that animals sleeps a lot... however I heard on the radio on cows sleep..
    1. you cannot tell difference between a cow sleeping and a cow resting
    2. the cow sleeps very little but rests a lot...

    kind of amusing but totally non-correlated facts.

    Yes the poem is lovely.

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  14. I find the sound of a dog asleep to be very soothing - and I have anything up to 3 sleeping around me every night (just not ON the bed).

    This is the perfect sleepless 55.

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  15. As some wise person once said, cats and dogs never get insomnia. Lucky buggers. This is lovely Joy.

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