Dog and Snow

Dog and Snow
by Paul Piper

Dog sees white. Arctic
light, the bright buzz in the brain

of pure crystal adrenaline. In a flash
he is out the door and across the street

looking for snowshoe hares, caribou, cats.
His wild ancestry ignited, Dog plunges

his nose into snow up to his eyes. He sees
his dreams. Master yells from the front porch

but Dog can’t hear him. Dog hears nothing
except the roar of the wind across the tundra, the ancient

existential cry of wolves, pure, devastating, hungry.
Time for crunchies. Taking many detours, Dog

returns to the porch. Let master think what he
wants. Freedom comes at a price.

2 thoughts on “Dog and Snow

  1. Paul Piper’s dogged search for an answer in this penetrative
    poem that works and engages our elusive familiar responses of sensibilities and human responsibilities of knowing our outer
    limits of reality and freedom.

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