Canine Fictions

My S-I-L Belinda has an eye for the interesting, the beautiful and the absurd and takes the most wonderful photos.

I love this photo of hers and thought it the perfect match to a poem that I wrote for Gabrielle Bryden’s Close Shaves Week. Thanks, B. 🙂

photo - bps - cat

Photo by Belinda Price-Sinclair

Tank
the neighbour’s dog
has a lot
to say in the morning.

I imagine he entertains
the Vox Dogz with tales
of victorious nocturnal stoushes
with the white cat from across the road:
“A face like a chook’s bum
I tell ya rrrrhahahaharuffruff “

But I’ve seen him run
wide-eyed
at the sight of her.

wcs

 (Look, Tilly, no commas! 🙂 )

HooHoooo (or, as they say in French, Hou Hou) – for Gabrielle Bryden and Bénédicte Delachanal

A poem for friends Gabrielle Bryden (sublime poet and lover of owls), who is currently fighting the dreaded winter lurgy,
and
Bénédicte Delachanal (fabulous artist), who crafted these wonderfully funky owl paintings.

 The Comfort of Owls

From tsunami dreams
We bolt upright
And heart and breath
Race to the death
To drown out silence
Of dead hours
And throw us wide-eyed
To the night.

Then, faint, through darkness
Comes strange calm
To tension-wired
Synapse and bone,
The ebb and flow
Of delta waves,
Like a mother’s kiss,
Floats softly down
In owl’s low call,
Primal and deep,
Submersing us
In tides of sleep.

xx

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Gabrielle Bryden’s National Poetry Week Challenge

Hop over to Gabrielle Bryden’s blog 😀 for details

http://gabriellebryden.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/release-the-inner-poet/

You can read the poems sent to Gabrielle at the links below

Day 1 

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4 – 1

Day 4 – 2

Day 5 – 1

Day 5 – 2

Day 5 – 3

Day 6 – 1

Day 6 – 2

And thanks to Gabrielle for posting ‘Wild Conspiracies‘ on day 2

Happy National Poetry Week 😀