I’m still not sure what I did to deserve your undying affection
for you love me without shame
and do not chastise me for coming home late after work and a few beers,
but rather you lay sleeping peacefully until I wake up
and I say
‘Good morning sweet girl’
and you thump your tail and give me that good-dog grin.
Sometimes I catch you looking at me, seal-slick head raised, brown eyes sly
What do your dog-eyes see in me
that gives me worth to be held in such high esteem?
Your affection gives me worth beyond earthly measures
so though I may be worth little in the eyes of mankind,
your dog-love fills my heart beyond our planetary bounds
and for that, my whole body smiles and I ask you if you’d like to go outside
to which you respond
by nearly knocking my books and water glasses off the table
with your wildly wagging tail
and you run wildly through the house to the door,
paws scrabbling cartoon-style on my wood floors.
I’ll tell you again that I love you beyond measure
and you’ll respond the same by letting me kiss your soft nose
and smiling into my face,
although I tell you (again) that I’d rather not smell your breath
What did I ever do to deserve such love in my life?