For Dietrich


Each tiny, sharp tooth is dazzling white,
Soft pink gums studded with enamel spears.
Fur sweet and dark as summer skies at night,
And those eyes, still starry, dimmed with milky tears.
Those gentle almond eyes are brown and warm.
The head, so young and soft, is gently noble,
And yet, the paws are of a wolfish form.
Each long black nail must wound the tender soil.
The tawny belly swells with each calm breath.
The tiny puppy squirms and whimpers,
Now, sleeping, sinks into a dim, warm depth.
An atmosphere of hushed, admiring whispers
Unaware, soft and sweet and treasured
The infant sleeps, a little German Shepherd.

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