Do you spit out words as you
might a bite of bruised apple?
Say: Today my dog died?
Do you tell how you watched
the light fade from her
soulful eyes, nothing left
but bones and soft fur?
Should you mention you cried out,
wanting to kill the messenger?
How this longing hurts, sometimes
believing she will amble back home,
tail thumping, cold nose pressed
against your lonely hand …
Dianne writes poetry and picture books for kids. Her next book, Hey Little Beachcomber, will be out in April, 2019. She is a frequent contributor to Highlights magazine.