On the telephone pole
In front of our house is
One of those sad little posters
Announcing a pet gone missing
With a picture of a dog on it.
It could be anyone’s pet,
But it belongs to the sad little poster
Who made the sign
And who had tacked it to
Poles all over the neighborhood.
I walk by and silently say a prayer
For the pet and the poster of this
Piece of hope, and I hope
The almost palpable sadness of
This situation resolves itself
Into the most jubilant of joys.
April 19, 2017