Delfina is ten

Our Portuguese Podengo, Delfina is ten today.

© Katherine Mehls

In celebration of all she has given, a poem,


She says
Pay Attention!

She barks it.

She growls it.

She shows it
through posture.

She lives it
teaching by example.


This is the only

Pay attention.

Ten thousand years of companionship.

Ten thousand years of assistance
and care.

I owe her for this.

I thank her for this.

She says
Pay Attention!

She only accepts repayment
lying across my chest
laying down her long neck
on my chest
her head
laid flat.

A deep sigh.

I now see
even then
she is saying
Pay Attention!

This time
to inside
and between.

It’s so hard
to forget
the outside so compelling.


This is the only

Pay attention.


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