Dog Jump


Dog leaping, propulsion in the shot,
arc of fur and slobber and lolling tongue,
sharp teeth, splayed legs, floppy ears
the open-jawed wonder.

How must it feel to fly through the air
the way that spaniel I once saw
soared from five feet back of the brink
of the water to the middle of the pond
in one extraordinary leap,
revelling in the flight
wriggling into the thump of his body onto water
caught mid-jump,
smiling the silly canine grin
of all dogs in ecstasy.

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