The Sweetness of Dogs

August 26, 2020 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Happy National Dog Day!
Dog Songs
by Mary Oliver

What do you say, Percy? I am thinking
of sitting out on the sand to watch
the moon rise. It’s full tonight.
So we go

and the moon rises, so beautiful it
makes me shudder, makes me think about
time and space, makes me take
measure of myself: one iota
pondering heaven. Thus we sit, myself

thinking how grateful I am for the moon’s
perfect beauty and also, oh! how rich
it is to love the world. Percy, meanwhile,
leans against me and gazes up
into my face. As though I were just as wonderful
as the perfect moon.

Dog Songs: Mary Oliver on What Dogs Teach Us About the Meaning of Our Human Lives

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