Welcome Home

he dashes

to greet me

slender frame


in trembling excitement


into my embrace

he squirms

wriggling frenetically


enthusiastic kisses

exuberant welcome


predicted trepidation

though years parted

vigorous reception

wags his tail

tells his tale

devotion undiminished

umpteen days

I longed to receive you

with ecstatic wriggling

maybe my kisses

were too slobbery

my nails scratched you

in my leaping

or my tail bruised

in pandemonious wagging

I wonder if you wished

he me disremembered

did you convince yourself

he drank from your well

of stagnant unforgiveness

can you feel

my lingering caresses


enduring on his body

as once they did

on yours?


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