Friday, February 1, 2019

Puppy Dog Hearts and Hope

photo by Christine Lowther


I am made of puppy dog hearts
and soft silver moons,
blue skies and the song of the sea,
wrinkled dreams and
threadbare hope,
fatigue and
rich remembering.

I am made of ancestral stories
told by hearth fires,
ancient drumbeats, prophecy,
and visions of a
Rainbow Race, 
arising.

And i am made of
lost love and wolf howls,
tears and cackles,
forest wilderness
and birds singing
the morning in.

All of these songs
make their home in me.
I perch on the limb
of my inner tree
and sing them to you,
so you can see
how beautiful this life
has always been
to me.

One from 2018. For the Poetry Pantry at Poets United. And for the Tuesday Platform at Real  Toads.

33 comments:

  1. Lovely! What wonderful things to be made of. (Smile.)

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  2. Ah, one could want nothing more than this! (And what a lucky dog Cali is!!)

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  3. I always enjoy reading your poetry, Sherry.

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  4. Sugar and spice and everything nice- and what's nicer that a puppy dog heart, truly!

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  5. There is so much love and trust with dogs that you wonder why some humans cannot treat them as friends.

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  6. Life is beautiful. Nice words.
    Great when there are songs in us that we can sing!
    My WOW Gadgets - Anita

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  7. No question that tears and loss go into the shaping of us as much as anything else. To feel those so intensely show how much we are willing to open ourselves to love.

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  8. This is deeply moving, Sherry! Especially like; "And i am made of lost love and wolf howls,tears and cackles,forest wilderness and birds singing the morning in."

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  9. So many things go into the making of a dog, all of them magical!

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  10. Dogs are amazing creatures their spirits long to run free. I love the following part of you poem. So beautiful.

    I perch on the limb
    of my inner tree
    and sing them to you,
    so you can see

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  11. Often we get caught up in the bad things, and forget to see the wonderful things all around us. Love this write!!

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  12. Love this. Yes, dogs are made of all those things. So glad I have my dogs. Sometimes I just watch them sleeping, it's so soothing. Hard to understand how some people don't like dogs or other animals. I love them all.

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  13. What a lovely way to have lived your life... I manage well without dogs but I can see how they become part of you.

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  14. Beautiful and...I might be crying, quietly, over here. Just a lovely sum of goodness for the morning.

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  15. Cali made of all these things and all the love you have to give
    "I perch on the limb
    of my inner tree"
    this line really struck home by its transformation to the spirit of this lucky, lovel animal

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  16. I luv that inner tree. I can hear your bird songs clear across cyberspace

    Thanks for dropping by my sumie Sunday

    Much💟love

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  17. That’s a poem full of rich imagery, Sherry, with ‘puppy dog hearts and soft silver moons’. I especially love the lines:
    ‘wrinkled dreams and
    threadbare hope,
    fatigue and
    rich remembering’
    and the ‘ancestral stories told by hearth fires’.

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  18. No wonder I like you so much. You're made of wonder and living and spirit-rich bits.

    Love this.

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  19. I love this poem Sherry. It is my new favorite of yours. All the sadness and pain, all the love and hope, all of the grace and joy. I love you fren.

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  20. Simply beautiful, I love this.

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  21. He carries so much story. I especially like lost loves and wolf howls.

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  22. Wonderful - on so many levels!!! 'I perch on the limb of my inner tree' a totally awesome 'wish-I'd-written-it' line.

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  23. So beautiful. I hereby declare my new best friend! You are made of much wealth :)

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  24. How fine to feel and share such bounding exuberance again! The heart is a wild tissue!

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  25. Nothing better than that kind of companionship.

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  26. The last stanza is perfect Sherry! It is telling on what good there is received if one gives them out where most needed

    Hank

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  27. great work..'inner tree' image is fantastic

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  28. A nice group of songs, your bird will chirp and warble them sooo fine. I'd like to hear them sung.
    ..

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  29. A soul stirring write Sherry.

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  30. And you sing this song so beautifully, Sherry! ❤️

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  31. Oh, this is beautiful..This is a life well lived. You so inspire me!

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