Poemdog

Dogs 2018

DOG IN THE DARK
(3/10/18)

predawn

driving
the usual
route
to work

accelerating
from a stoplight
I see
a speeding
shadow
from the corner
of my eye

just that fast
some black
lab mix
actually
sideswipes me

a muffled
bump
on the driver side
door
is all
that I hear

it must've
seen the car
at the last
split second

pulled up

I look
in the rear
view

no body
in the road

no fleeing
four legger

had I
imagined it?

some spirit
animal
getting my
attention?

no time

no inclination
to investigate

I motor
on

at
the office
parking lot
I take a
look

a streak
of slobber
in the dust
of the door

no blood

no dent

I wonder
at the meaning
of these things

for a second
or two

then go
inside
to get busy