In Memoriam of Angel

In memory of Angel

To Hear a Dog Bark

It is odd to hear a distant dog bark
a dog with a familiar tone and pitch
similar to that of your dog’s bark,
after she has died

By habit your ear awaits her reaction
your heart pauses for a fraction
of that nostalgic moment
when memory’s door opens a bit wider
than we wished it to
than is comfortable

And tears of love of so many years
hidden behind a stoic façade
are permitted now to break through

© 2004 Helen Bar-Lev