Dog Barking in the Yard

By Jacob Russell

THE DOG
BARKING
in the yard is not the whole
dog
the dog is not the bark
is not the yard
I am not the
dog
barking
I am not the yard there
are not two dogs barking
though there are many barks
a dog
is more than some of his barks
a dog
is more than all of his barks
Mrs. Kelly hears the dog
Bobby Snyder hears
the dog
barking
in the yard
in Bobby Snyder's head
and mine
the dog
barking
in the yard is
Mrs. Kelly talking on the phone
the dog
is Bobby Snyder shaving
is shaving cream and coffee
is blood is red on white on terry cloth is air
that wears the shape of dog
dog
that howls down wires
dog
biting Bobby Snyder on the chin
startling coffee out of Mrs. Kelly's cup
dog
torn loose in bark
from rope and yard
dog
flung out of place
dog
in time
dog
in bone and eye
dog
in pure
observing eye
dog
watching dog
listening
from the ear
within
the ear
within the listener


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