Talking Story


Sniff, lick, snort, tickle,

wag my tail in play, sly eye,

never show the truth.


Nose under Zader’s

hand. Flip. Nudge. Lick. Flip. Nudge. Sigh.

Belly rub at last.


Dainty footsteps pause,

dance away from ocean spray,

lick the salty air.


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