Mary Oliver, one of my favorite poets, has a new book out, which just arrived a few days ago. "Dog Songs," (The Penguin Press) and available at your local bookstore.
It's a wonderful compilation of poems and prose about the many dogs who shared her and her partner's life. Here's one.
Little Dog's Rhapsody in the Night
He puts his cheek against mine
and makes small, expressive sounds.
And when I'm awake, or awake enough
he turns upside down, his four paws
in the air
and his eyes dark and fervent.
"Tell me you love me," he says.
"Tell me again."
Could there be a sweeter arrangement? Over and over
he getes to ask.
I get to tell.