Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Prayer of the Dog - Carmen Bernos de Gasztold

I keep watch!
If I am not here
who will guard their house?
Hatch over their sheep?
Be faithful?
No one but You and I,
what faithfulness is.
They call me, "Good dog! Nice dog!"
I take their pats
and the old bones they throw me
and I seem pleased.
They really believe they make me happy.
I take kicks too
when they come my way.
None of that matters.
I keep watch!
do not let me die
until, for them,
all danger is driven away.

Carmen Bernos de Gasztold (1919 - 1995) France
Translated by Rumer Godden
From: Prayers From the Ark

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