264: Sleeping with the Chihuahua

264: Sleeping with the Chihuahua

264: Sleeping with the Chihuahua

Sleeping with the Chihuahua
by Tami Haaland

In the evening she comes to me
like a child ready for bed.
She slips under covers, curls
into my curves or stretches against
my spine. Some have said they fear
I might crush her, but we're a tender
pair, each aware of the warmth
and the other.

I knew a woman once who kept
an orphaned antelope, let it
roam her kitchen, sleep in her bed,
musky scent and hooves.

This dog looks like a small deer,
poised and silent in the lawn,
but at night, she is a dark body, lean
and long against the lavender cotton
of my summer sleeping. We are bone
and bone, muscle and muscle,
and underneath each surface
a quiet and insistent pulse.

"Sleeping with the Chihuahua" by Tami Haaland, collected in HEALING THE DIVIDE, copyright © 2019 Green Writers Press. Used by permission of the poet.

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