August 19, 2011
Dog Days of Wisdom
The dog days of wisdom speak with barking voices
and small growls of jealous appetite.
They lick my mother-hand -- or bite;
They whir like needledragonflies, hovering clouds
Over hot dogs restless in the moving shade,
Bothering those driven by heat to
worry at beggars' lice or imaginary fleas or
The broken stick from next door's tree --
Dropping it, pausing, and chewing the end again.
All will settle down when cooler days
point toward Autumn.