Poem: Moose | Poetry | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It
Favorite

Poem: Moose 

It’s not easy for the casual tourist to see a moose in Vermont.
—Online Trip Advisor

Not the bus-sized moose down by the low-lying
creek the locals swore it would cross,

but a dog, a golden retriever trotting along, tail proud,
a tree limb between his teeth—sans collar, sans master—
on duty nonetheless:

the limb a ponderous

branching thing wobbling above his head.

We stood dumb-struck (what didn’t compute?) till one
of us shouted: “A moose!” and, lo, the blind could see.

“A heckuvamoose!”

At which the dog paused to look at us—all laughter
& high-fives. No time for this, said a flick
of his tail, and weaving his way

past scrub and ferns, he trotted on. All eyes strained
after him as at full sail, he veered into woods,
our glee subsiding to a wondering hush,

soon shy—


which argued against lingering, yet linger we did,
through a jangle of keys and a toddler’s whimper.

Then a man clapped once:

Finis.

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Poem: The Hospice Nurse

    A poem by James Conrad.
    • Jun 1, 2016
  • Poetry Roundup 2016

    A selection of new books by Hudson Valley poets and presses.
    • Apr 1, 2016

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Human Flow

Sun., Nov. 19, 2 p.m. and Tue., Nov. 21, 7:15 p.m. — Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and...
The 3D World of Fazzino @ Museum of Arts & Culture

The 3D World of Fazzino

Mondays-Fridays. Continues through Nov. 30

View all of today's events

Latest in Poetry

More by Anne Richey

Hudson Valley Tweets