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The Lotus Eater

by Shannon Adele

My dogs are lying
like shotguns. Curled
crescent moons on the carpet

And I hate to think of how silly I am
for loving that black fur so much more than yours

Because you’ve made this hole-
apartment into some sort of cave
or den for some nonexistent pack.
Some pact that I never got to spit on
or break bread over or pin prick
my finger to touch blood with.

Like that warm winter
that I loved you and the dry heat
that was nothing like Seattle opened
every little vessel in your John Barrymore nose.
You really did have a great profile.

But now I’m sitting here stuck
with my ears clipped
you with your tail between your legs
And that’s all.


Posted on 02/15/2007
Copyright © 2020 Shannon Adele

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Anne Boulender on 02/15/07 at 04:08 AM

yeah, i know what you mean.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 04/19/07 at 11:36 PM

a wonderful assembly of words that collect themselves and come to mean melancholy to me.

Posted by Meredith C Hartwell on 08/30/09 at 06:02 AM

+favorite. Congrats on PotD.

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