Dog Song

Dog Song | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

This 19th-century enamel painting, completed by an unknown artist, is titled, “Springer: A Spaniel Bounding Over a Log to Spring a Snipe on the Left.” Courtesy of the Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

Make me write like a dog
gnawing a bone. Not anger,

but that animation, that knowing
focus and breath. The just as easy

letting go,
down into the dirt,

what I will pick up again later.
A language of champ

and chagrin.
Clacked poetry.

Make me another mouth
jerked around

this broken piece
of life.

José Angel Araguz teaches, writes, and edits magazines in Boston.
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