Poetry On Odyssey: Visiting Angel

Poetry On Odyssey: Visiting Angel

Adapting to loss

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This poem is an adaptation of real events; the memory associated with those events is very distinct in my mind, so I decided to take them and make them into something for others to interact with.

What inspired this poem was a little runaway dog that I just happened to recognize, so just like in the poem, I snatched him up and took him home. However, that particular day was an extremely emotional one for me, so when I wrote the poem, I infused that and adapted it to convey a deeper, more poetic meaning.

Visiting Angel

A dog in the road.

There is a dog

standing in the road.

I know this dog;

small, brown, hairy,

big, big brown eyes.

My car idles,

I turn it off,

get out.

Boots in the mud

making a sickly squishing sound

as I do what my mother

told me not to do.

But I know this dog.

Because I know this dog,

I scoop him up.

Mud from his belly

coats my arm,

my tears

pitter patter

onto his head.

I hope he thinks

It's rain.

He doesn't

squirm, bark, bite,

as I put him in the car,

close the door,

turn it on.

Rumble slowly down the road.

He sits peacefully in the bucket seat.

I pick a driveway,

turn ninety degrees.

My rusty car complains,

the dog does not.

He waits patiently

for me to

park, stand, walk,

open his door

lift him out,

hold him close against the cold,

go

walking, looking, listening,

for his person

who I find easily enough.

Are you ok?

I'm returning your dog.

He was standing in the road.

It's raining now.

I turn to the idling car

with one last glance at the dog;

he's looking at me blankly.

He doesn't know who I am,

but I know this dog.

I drive away.

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'I could smell her all over you / and once I even saw the juices / dripping from your lips"

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I knew it all along,

that the flowers in her garden

were laced with the sweetest nectar,

that flow from her hands to her hips.


The same scent that used to cling to you,

I could smell her all over you,

and once I even saw the juices

dripping from your lips.


But that garden has long since been set ablaze

Because things always get in the way.

And I guess that now you long to venture back,

to see if another seed has taken root.


And it's alright, I suppose,

My garden is far less vibrant.

It's been weeded too often, clipped too far

But hers is still so young, so fresh and full of life.


So you still water my plants,

and pretend to be in her field of flowers.

And you wonder to yourself,

because you don't know if you ever truly liked the taste

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