I dreamt I was walking my dogs under the light of the moons.

I dreamt I was walking my dogs
under the light of the moons.

The Greater Moon was full—
glowing porcelain above our heads
while the Lesser Moon was a ruddy
crescent setting in the west.

We returned to the backyard and howled,
all three of us, then hunted snipes
until we collapsed in a pile
of dirty paws and panting tongues.

I awoke in a narrow bed— no foot warmers,
no one begging breakfast before dawn.
Felt the pull of a lonely moon
in the still dark night

and howled into my pillow.


(From yesterday’s Living Poetry Prompt.)

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19 Responses to I dreamt I was walking my dogs under the light of the moons.

  1. Cassa Bassa says:

    Oh that’s very sad and moving. And very relatable in the absence of our beloved friend(s).

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  2. ivor20 says:

    Doggone .. I’ve had that dream too .. !!…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. anitashope says:

    So sad. There is so much love in dogs.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. DreamsandReality says:

    Wow 🔥

    Liked by 1 person

  5. JeanMarie says:

    Wonderful poem. Emotional and a nice touch of otherworldly-ness with the double moon.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Ali Grimshaw says:

    I really liked your second stanza. How fun to howl together before collapsing in a pile
    of dirty paws and panting tongues. It brought to mind a sense of freedom to be what you needed to be.

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  7. I liked the juxtaposition of howling, first having fun and collapsing in a pile of dirty paws and panting tongues and finally into your pillow alone. It is so poignant. The moon reference makes it feel between the worlds of life and death. I must admit to having the occasional urge to howl at the moon myself. 🙂❤👩‍🦰❤

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  8. Lisa Tomey says:

    What a sad and relatable poem. Takes me back to my own canine loves. How they leave a void.

    Liked by 1 person

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