Dog stares at stairs (poem, anecdote)

Watch as a dog stares down the stairs.
See the doubt of animal foresight.
Look at the creature look around.
In a moment’s eye contact: see her plight.
 “Carry me. It’d be so easy for you…”
Look at her, consider what you’ve done,
contemplate what to do.
Sassy, Tashi, Duncan, and Freckles too.
Remembering when I heard him fell.
And that fear I felt with his whelping yell.
His limping distressful approach to me,
panting, drooling, void of all or any glee…
And with that stored memory:
watch as a dog stares down the stairs.

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