Does a Dog Have Buddha Nature?
(Emma Skogstad)

Does a Dog Have Buddha Nature?
Why do you ask?
Are you really just curious, or
have you, too, discovered the heartrending
ease with which one can love a dog,
the innocent scent of a puppy’s soft paws?
Have you wrapped your arms around
your dog, held him closer and closer
until there was nothing
between you, until you were immersed
in a soft boundless love that belonged
to neither of you?
Did you, too, embrace the lie
that it is easier to love dogs?
That they won’t break your heart?
Until they do--until your ex-husband drives away
with them in the back of his pick-up truck,
their chocolate faces pressed against the back window;
they watch you as you cry and cry and cry.

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