The Mute Sage

The Mute Sage January 3, 2022

When the jar fell off the counter

and broke, our dog went to lick up

the honey but we were afraid she’d

cut herself on the broken glass.


You kept her back while I swept

up the slivers. Later that night,

it occurred to me that this is

what it is to be human: always

going for the honey while

tiptoeing around the glass.


The next week, it was so cold

that ice stuck to our dog’s pads.

We had to stop every block or so

to free her feet from clumps of ice.

This too was a lesson. For without

warmth, we cannot make our way.


As I write this, she dreams whatever

dogs dream and I keep looking for

whatever humans look for.


A Question to Walk With: Tell the story of an animal that has touched your life.

This excerpt is from my book of poems, The Gods Visit.


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