A poem about a singing dog
By Christine Thomas Tsen, October 2010

Arrayed in black and white

You warm your voice with sumptuous runs

You are a wolfish divo with soft loyal eyes

Breaking into song of brazen impulse

A pitched aria capturing the passion of bliss

Pleasure flooding your upturned muzzle
You are absorbed in letting go
Which I do admire
But see, the thing is, I’m practicing
Yet inspiration has struck you
As you continue your opera buffa
Chords from your ancestral forepaws
Intercepting amorphous classical tones
Tap tapped by my bow, you watch my stern face closely
Your thoughts jumbled between here and the eternal
Thwarted in song
Tail bowing, you rise
To search for your black swan of wolf packs.

Listen to Sam, the Tibetan Terrier who inspired "Divo," sing along as Christine Thomas Tsen plays her cello.

Christine Thomas Tsen wrote "Divo" about her Tibetan Terrier, Sam, who appeared, along with Thomas Tsen's son and daughter, Liam and Kira, as a smiling dog in the May/June 2006 issue of The Bark.