Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I'm listening

I came across a new (to me) Billy Collins poem. The poem "Le Chien" (from the book Ballistics: Poems) is about his bored, tireless conversations (in english) with a (french) dog he found in Paris.

"No wonder she kept cocking her head 
as I went on about 'summer movies'..."
 
I'm listening

"She showed such patience for a dog
without breeding while I went on..."
I'm still listening...

"I was standing and she was sitting
on a dim street..."

"...wasting my time and hers
trying to explain 'corn dogs,' 'white walls,' and 'the March of Dimes.'"

"...wishing I only had my camera
so I could carry a picture of her home with me."

"...I kept thinking how I would have loved
to hang her picture over the mantel 
where my maternal grandmother now looks down..."

"Then, before dinner each evening
I could stand before the image of that very dog..."
"...submitting all my troubles and petitions
to the court of her dark-brown, adoring eyes."

Random lines from the poem "Le Chien" in the book Ballistics: Poems by Billy Collins
2010 Random House Trade Paperbacks, pgs. 68-69

18 comments:

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

our canine partners are perfect, as is this poem! I'm so glad you find these and share them!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

What an awesome poem.. We are sure that the pup knew what was being said just by the body language. Heck that is how the deaf Red's do it.. It isn't all in the words....

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Gail said...

Wonderful poem and very well illustrated.

sealaura said...

How cute! I never thought about it my poor pups must get tired of the same old conversations we have! So glad they are such great listeners.

Stella said...

Thanks very much for the intro to Billy Collins. The first I read was Dharma on this blog and LeChien is wonderful too. I think I am going to start a small collection of his books . . .I didn't know he was the US Poet Laureate for a few years but I love his style.

Your photos of your lovely pup just moved me too. That whole coloration is gorgeous and looks like every dog. Dennis the Vizsla's sister dog Trixie is another beauty like this.

Cheers and hugs,
Jo

Tracy said...

Dogs are the best friends. They understand every word we say - unlike most people. Scratch the good puppy's ear for me!

Kathy said...

Loved it!

Sandra said...

this pups face should be hanging over the fireplace, what a wonderful precious and sweet face. love those markings and i like that poem, but not as much as this pretty face.

altadenahiker said...

Wonderfully original. Enjoyed this.

Diane AZ said...

Lovely poem and pictures, what a beautiful face. :)

BANJO52 said...

Another good word and picture mix. Nice of the five pooches too--almost like synchronized swimming. Well, with a lot of imagination.

Elaine said...

Perfect illustrations for a lovely poem. You can always count on a dog to listen, no matter how silly you might be.

Sam said...

I'm going to have to look that poem up!

Sam

Shelley said...

Great poem from a beautiful dog!!

altadenahiker said...

I hope you're on a lovely vacation. Miss you.

Susan Campisi said...

What a lovely poem and post.

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

hey! You're not suffering from heatstroke, are you? Hope all is well!

Sandra said...

Shado's face is priceless. i can see the intelligence in that precious face. these are great photos. i came to answer your comment on my dirty digger and scrolled to find one of your post i missed in the past.
Baby does not like the cold tile, Jake loves it. when he comes in from our heat wave we are in, after chasing the ball til he can't breathe, he lays on the kitchen tile until he cools down. i give him half a popcicle, the kind in the plastic that come in a box unfrozen. it helps him cool down. Baby digs to china, jake chases a ball and does not dig