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Seventh Summer

i.
Because he is dying
I tell him to stay, slow down
stop and smell along the way
the dog-piss greetings of his neighbors, 
dilly daly, tarry all he wants to on the slope
as I walk faster down the trail 
practicing going for a walk alone
unleashed, at my own pace 
dog-less and lonesome. 

Because he is dying 
he doesn’t obey, but pads along, 
trotting, panting, taxing his heart 
that will not lose sight of me. 

ii.
Ahead on the path near a twisted birch,
lying like a sick yolk between the roots,
is an orange – he mustn’t eat that I think
it would be a rotten orange, cast off there
so strangely, a poison orange, maybe set 
out here by some sicko who wants 
random dogs to die. 

I get there first, it is not an orange
but an orange ball with yellow stars,
a dog’s ball, not an orange at all, a ball, 
a plaything for a puppy, a puppy’s ball. 
See here I say when he catches up. 
You want this? He sniffs. Doesn’t take it 
in his mouth. I don’t pick it up and toss it 
to him, this small sun covered in stars. 
It is a plaything. We walk on. 

iii.
On the way down again – surprise! 
snagged on bushes and trees 
like clouds of snow – the dog wool
I brushed out of him on the way up. 


Hector
Løverikets Thunder in the Sky


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