Fall/Winter 2013

Penny Shuttle


I’ve lost my black dog
with his Anubis ears
edged with gold  

his iron-studded collar
his lean flanks  

You’re welcome to him
new owner
whoever you are  

Beware of him
lying alert at your feet
guarding you  

night and day
whether you want him to
or not  

watchful hound
sentinel of melancholy  

Every walk you take with him
is miles of salted fields
and charred trees  

He's the most silent of dogs
the heart's jackal  

Lucky me
I’ve lost my black dog
who never loved me  

who tracked me down for sport
used my house as his kennel for years  

new owner
That black dog is never going to be

your best friend

Penelope Shuttle lives in Cornwall, UK. She has published ten collections of poetry, including her most recent, UNSENT: New And Selected Poems 1980 - 2013 (Bloodaxe Books). She has been shortlisted for The Forward Prize, and for the T S Eliot Award and is recipient of the Cholmondeley Award.



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