Poetry / I recently learned that ‘Hobo’ is short for ‘Homeward Bound’

Bo and Adam walking

For Bo

West Virginia junkyard rescue you wound your way

to Connecticut in search of a family and a home

You came to us bitten and clawed and recently bleeding

so we cleaned and cared and made you our own

Your name had been ‘Mango’ but that wouldn’t do

‘Bo’ was the new selection, or more frequently ‘Hobo’

Copper caramel coat and bleach white belly

protecting us daily from mailmen and cats

Hands of a Boxer and ears of a Beagle

howling for attention and touching our hearts

Perceived as a puppy despite greying muzzle

but feeling your age at night head heavy on our laps

watching your Red Sox while anxiously awaiting

the chance to growl at a Meow Mix ad

So now I am coffee shop crying trying to get this

on paper in order to do proper justice

while your memory is recent and intact

although clouded because my wound is still wide open

All the while trying to trick myself into believing that

it was better to have been blessed to have had you

than it is to be sad that you’re gone.

copyright 2015

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Published by Steven Harz

Steven Harz was the 2013 winner of the international People's Poetry Contest and is a three-time winner of The Iron Writer Challenge. Steve still writes poetry, but now it rhymes and is put to music - either acoustic with a Martin or electric with a Gretsch. Songwriting influences are: John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Blze Foley, Jessi Alexander, Tyler Childers, Lori McKenna, Gabe Lee, Luz, Cleto Cordero, Jason Isbell, and of course, Willie and Dolly! Music is available on all streaming platforms - please check it out!

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