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Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: The Lady and the Tramp
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Though his mother and her dog are now gone, Bruce Guernsey of Bethel brings them back in today’s poem -- an odd couple, perfectly matched.
The Lady and the Tramp by Bruce Guernsey
As my mother’s memory dims, she’s losing her sense of smell and can’t remember the toast blackening the kitchen with smoke or sniff how nasty the breath of the dog that follows her yet from room to room, unable, himself, to hear his own bark.It’s thus they get around, the wheezing old hound stone deaf baying like a smoke alarm for his amnesiac mistress, whose back from petting him is bent forever as they shuffle towards the flaming toaster and split the cindered crisp that’s left.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2008 Bruce Guernsey. Reprinted from From Rain: Poems, 1970-2010, Ecco Qua Press, 2012, by permission of Bruce Guernsey. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.