he's deaf and mostly blind,
but the nose still works and teeth
are laser guided,
how else to lead a dog around who has
no intention of going "that way"
when home is "the other way".
I know their ways, these black dogs
that know what they want, and mostly
get it, even when the harness gets tight
and their delicate bones strain under
a too large belly.
we are like them, deaf and mostly
blind, seeking out delicious treats,
going our own ways.