Animal Index

How peacefully sleeps a dog,

Her head to tail, so laid back;

Eyes shut tight, nose wet

And breathing getting deeper;

Eyelids closed and slumbering.


How peacefully she sleeps

Dreaming deep dreams of:

Moorland scents of rabbits,

Sheep, ducks and moorhens,

Gorse and purple heather.


Stretched now, paws twitching,

Breathing becoming quicker,

Eyelids flicker, muffled barks,

As she chases down hillsides

Always pursuing the uncaught.


I should like to sleep like a dog

With such simplicity of thought -

Dreaming of warm, sunlit days –

Days of joy spent chasing rabbits

With no thought of money or fame.


Man cannot dream such dreams

In such a quiet manner as this.

He dreams of broken hearts,

The pursuit of wealth; of yesterday

And perhaps also of tomorrow.


Sleep, dog dreamer, in your world -

Paws padding over soft green grass.

Your world has a million different scents –

A world of faithfulness, love and trust.


Sleep on in your own little world.


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