M, B & Toto (wp, dogs)

Certainly not as romantic

As dances with wolves

But I imagine

Being canines

They also have fleas


Lick their, um, you know

And sniff each other’s hindquarters


The other side of the ledger

Reflects coin of the emotional realm

I’ve had dogs who

Gently place their head on my shoulder

When I cry

Dogs attempting to speak English

Dogs who sleep in the crook of my legs

As I lie

In a cramped fetal position

During the deepest dark dreaming

I’ve had dogs who make me laugh

Who adore my awful strumming and singing

Who love me unconditionally

Well, okay, food is involved in that bargain

But that’s fair

Most of all, I’ve had dogs

Who daily mourn when

I grab my backpack


I’m heading out the door alone

So yeah

I sleep with dogs

No matter how they smell

And each one, in my heart

Forever will dwell…

Cosmic Steppenwolf (wp, dogs)

© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Some of my dogs through the decades

Janis Joplin (JJ) (wp, dogs)

Max (wp, dogs)

Kali holding her treat (wp, dogs)

RockStar (wp, dogs)

bandit (wp, dogs)



  1. I’m a cat lover, and have slept with lord knows how many over the years. Like your dogs, they have showered me with love and affection and empathy. They have been more caring than a lot of people I’ve known.

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    1. I once lived in a place that didn’t allow dogs so I got two cats and learned to love them. But I understand how you feel because I always missed having a dog. Wishing you a nice weekend, too!

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    1. Thanks so much! I get what may seem “soppy” sometimes over my dogs 🙂 Yes, that’s me camping on the Brandywine River outside of Philly. Nearby was the Wyeth property and I got to see all their art in a free, home museum (including a version of the famous painting Christina’s World). Those are my sons with our raggedy Yorkie Toto. My three clowns ❤


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