Woman with Dog

       Patrick Cahill
The dog sitting between her knees, his back to her, facing the aisle that separates us, the Church streetcar once again carrying us north. Blind, she runs the tips of her fingers over his eyes, then brings her hand, clouded with the dogís odor, up to her nose and breathes in the hourís scent. She touches his coat lightly then, around and under his collar, brushing against its metal links. Again she lifts her fingers up to her nose and breathes in, the dog passive, contemplative even, under her touch, indifferent to our passage, the lifting fog.


Patrick Cahill

coedits Ambush Review, a San Francisco based literary and arts magazine. He received his Ph.D. in History of Consciousness at UCSC. His poetry twice received the Central Coast Writers Award. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Left Curve, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Digging Our Poetic Roots, Otoliths, Forgotten, Volt, Aji, and Into The Void.

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