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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Laura Grace Weldon

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Bright-Burning Ember

Cole is a tiny puppy, fresh to this planet,
figuring out leash, dish, do's, don'ts
when for the first time he's let off lead.
He runs, wind ruffled blur of fur
zigzagging across grass
slowing only for the thrill
of speeding up small hills.
If a dog smiles, he does.
We savor his joy.
Our species chases highs
but exultation is right here
even when we call
it back as a memory.
Grass, hill, sunshine, Cole.