17
Aug
08

The apartment down the street.

Outside,

Walking frantically

Down the sidewalk,

A young woman

Cries out

For a lost dog.

“Hudson!”

HUDSON!

Tears stream

Down her cheeks

In the dark

As she sobs

For her dog.

Perhaps

Slipped from a leash

Or bolted

Through an open door.

Gone.

Into the hot night.

Out

Onto the streets.

Sniffing freely

With wild-eyed

Carelessness.

Perhaps

He’s always

Wanted

To be

Free

Of her voice,

Of her cries,

Of her care.

Maybe he’s never been

Allowed

To run free

And is now

Drunk

With this moment

Of escape.

She paces

Back and forth,

Up and down

Along the street

Between the apartments

And down the one alley,

“Hudson. Hudson! Hudson, please come home!”

Her cries

Can be heard

From a street away.

But Hudson

Is deaf

To her pleas

As his nostrils

Are filled

With scents

Of friends

He’s yet to meet

And places

He’s yet to go.

Under the streetlight,

On the opposite

Corner

From me,

She sobs

With a flashlight in hand-

The light dancing

On the ground

As her chest heaves

With each crying

Breath.

Somewhere,

Perhaps

In the canyon

Filled with skunks,

Hudson is looking at her too

And thinking

To himself

About going back

To her.

Maybe later

After

The briers

Are in his fur

And stuck to his ears.

Maybe

When the thorns have pierced

His paws

And he is tired

And hungry

And thirsty

For familiarity.

Maybe then

Hudson

Will show up

On the doorstep

Of the apartment

Down the street.

Timothy Vance Jackson

08/16/08

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