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Talking to Grief by Denise Levertov

Photo by Aaron Barnaby

Ah, Grief, I should not treat you

like a homeless dog

who comes to the back door

for a crust, for a meatless bone.

I should trust you.

 

I should coax you

into the house and give you

your own corner,

a worn mat to lie on,

your own water dish.

 

You think I don't know you've been living 

under my porch.

You long for your real place to be readied

before winter comes. You need

your name

your collar and tag. You need

the right to warn off intruders,

to consider

my house your own

and me your person

and yourself 

my own dog.