Dog Almighty

He’d find a way through
the long backyard fence,
then roam the neighborhood
and come home when the spirit moved,
looking for dinner and a cold drink.
I’d mend the fence, but he’d study it,
sometimes for days, always finding the flaw,
as if speculating on our human weakness,
on sin and nature’s corruption.

How coldly calculating he could be,
elevating reason to an art,
figuring the odds, finding a way out,
then coming back again and again, always
discovering the breach and walking through it,
like pure spirit leaving the body,
sloughing it off like an old coat.

 

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

“My folks taught us that if someone is hungry, you feed them. That if someone is thirsty, you give them drink. If someone is a stranger you welcome them into your home.”
Michael O'LoughlinFebruary 27, 2017
Almost all major cities in the United States have experienced major decreases in violent crime over the past 25 years.
James T. KeaneFebruary 24, 2017
This is not a country at ease with itself, if it ever were. The United Kingdom continues to display more and more intolerance and anger.
David StewartFebruary 24, 2017

On St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate our Irish heritage and our good fortune to be Americans.

George J. MitchellFebruary 24, 2017