August 23rd 2013 9:50 am
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I am a singer, so when mommy read this poem she wanted to save it in my diary.
by Paul Zimmer
Amongst dogs are listeners and singers.
My big dog sang with me so purely,
puckering her ruffled lips into an O,
beginning with small, swallowing sounds
like Coltrane musing, then rising to power
and resonance, gulping air to continue—
her passion and sense of flawless form—
singing not with me, but for the art of dogs.
We joined in many fine songs—"Stardust,"
"Naima," "The Trout," "My Rosary," "Perdido."
She was a great master and died young,
leaving me with unrelieved grief,
her talents known to only a few.
Now I have a small dog who does not sing,
but listens with discernment, requiring
skill and spirit in my falsetto voice.
I sing her name and words of love
andante, con brio, vivace, adagio.
Sometimes she is so moved she turns
to place a paw across her snout,
closes her eyes, sighing like a girl
I held and danced with years ago.
But I am a pretender to dog music.
The true strains rise only from
the rich, red chambers of a canine heart,
these melodies best when the moon is up,
listeners and singers together or
apart, beyond friendship and anger,
far from any human imposter—
ballads of long nights lifting
to starlight, songs of bones, turds,
conquests, hunts, smells, rankings,
things settled long before our birth.
Source: Poetry (August 1999).
I only sing for sirens, BOL! But my doggy cousin, now he, too is a singer...
That's a nice poem.
BOL, Freckles! I can't hear furry much, but I sing fur my breakfast, and while I'm waiting fur mommy or daddy to get my leash on fur a walk. And if I find meself alone in a room, I sing fur company!
Guess I am mostly a listener. Like MrJack I sing fur the sirens, tho.
Thanks fur sharin'!
Flicka sings for his food !
Hershey is a listener. When daddy sings to him he gives kissies. When mommy sings to him he gives her odd looks. BOL!!
I sing to momma and then give her kisses. Awesome song, Winkie!
I are a singer too!
We should form a choir!
I am a singer and Hammy is a listener. ARRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!