Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thursday Extracts: Seeing things from a dog's point of view

At the Level of Hems

When small dogs are permitted
in dark vintage shops

they find at the level of hems
more than we can know

who look at fraying collars, faded colours
and indecipherable price tags

we who only think of bargains
novelties or a talking piece

miss life at the leve of hems
where linen smells of small rooms

and cotton is a field
where lovers run between

bubbling creeks and find their way
in muddy unmarked hollows

where mended cuffs and crankshaft oil
smell of a hard day

and tiny threads of silk are pulled
where the hemming needle slipped.

Ann Nadge (1949 - )

I love this poem. The mark of a real writer is to show you things from a different point of view.

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