No Cute Pets
After His Golden Retriever Died

For years
he carried
her collar
to hear
the soft
reassuring tone
of tags
as though
she was
walking calmly
beside him.

Copyright 2013,  Mark Thalman

Mark Thalman is the author of Catching the Limit (Fairweather Press 2009). He is also the editor of His work has been widely published for almost four decades. For more information, please visit

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