Among the Animals*

Among the animals
dogs are small humans,
children at turns
willful and sorry,
eager to please.

Cats too,
love that turns
away, aloof, haughty,
then underfoot, trips
me, makes me stutter.

Birds out the window
of my mind turning,
they are not of me
and mine, then I yearn
to fly away.


*From 2013, slightly edited today. Dogs, cats and birds, two of these things I love.

About Ray Sharp

Poet, athlete, retired public health planner
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