Bruno the Wonder Dog

By Denis Bernicky, April 2017

lifted table high
the dog did not make a sound
shattered leg shaved
and then
the smooth needle slide

the girl
her head touching his
her fingers fur deep holding
her whispers
it’s okay it’s okay  it’s okay
her uneven breaths
catch between the tears
between the good-byes
between the open and close
of his still faithful eyes
it’s okay  it’s okay  it’s okay
and long after he left
her fingers still fur wrapped
her head still bowed
it’s okay  it’s okay  it’s okay
and nothing is left unwet
by her tears