Cheering for the Dogs by Matt Dennison

Cheering for the Dogs

While on my back roof covering
the tarp with a larger tarp to hide
its nails from the rain, I notice
the dogs in my neighbor’s yard
clawing at their fence—one board
knocked loose, they stick their heads
through and stare, excited to see
beyond, for beyond is always where
we dogs gaze when trapped in caves,
though some caves must be maintained
to allow a proper gazing point be framed.


Matt Dennison is the author of Kind Surgery, from Urtica Press (Fr.) and Waiting for Better, forthcoming from Main Street Rag Press. His work has appeared in Rattle, Bayou Magazine, Redivider, Natural Bridge, The Spoon River Poetry Review and Cider Press Review, among others. He has also made short films with Michael Dickes, Swoon, Marie Craven and Jutta Pryor.

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