Holding On

Overpainted Gerhard Richter Painting Greg Allen  greg.org

Overpainted Gerhard Richter Painting
Greg Allen greg.org

The yellow dog

guards his rag bone

shredded rainbow strands

sour as an old logger’s sock

coarse as walrus whiskers

Says, See my bone?

It is MY bone! 


I try to reason

The bone is done!

We can get you a new one

But do you think he’ll let go?

Will a drowning man cling

to the life ring fast

in his firm grasp?


Nothing is done

so long as it lingers

Not a dog’s love of a bone

or a woman’s love for a man

though threadbare & broke

who simply won’t go

till he’s replaced


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to Holding On

  1. den169 says:

    One finds such great metaphors in your poems. Well done.


  2. love is indeed tenacious – and isn’t that grand


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