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  • Poem of the Day: The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz
    As if there could be a world
    Of absolute innocence
    In which we forget ourselves

    The owners throw sticks
    And half-bald tennis balls
    Toward the surf
    And the happy dogs leap after them
    As if catapulted—

    Black dogs, tan dogs,
    Tubes of glorious muscle—

    Pursuing pleasure
    More than obedience
    They race, skid to a halt in the wet sand,
    Sometimes they'll plunge straight into
    The foaming breakers

    Like diving birds, letting the green turbulence
    Toss them, until they snap and sink

    Teeth into floating wood
    Then bound back to their owners
    Shining wet, with passionate speed
    For nothing,
    For absolutely nothing but joy.

    Alicia Ostriker, “The Dogs at Live Beach, Santa Cruz” from The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968-1998. Copyright © 1998 by Alicia Ostriker. All rights are controlled by the University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, Used by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.

    Source: The Little Space: Poems Selected and New 1968-1998(University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998)

    Alicia Ostriker

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