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The Monday Poem > The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz May 29, 2017

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message 1: by Susie (new)

Susie | 179 comments The Dogs at Live Oak Beach, Santa Cruz
by Alicia Ostriker

As if there could be a world
Of absolute innocence
In which we forget ourselves

The owners throw sticks
And half-bald tennis balls
Toward the surf
And the happy dogs leap after them
As if catapulted—

Black dogs, tan dogs,
Tubes of glorious muscle—

Pursuing pleasure
More than obedience
They race, skid to a halt in the wet sand,
Sometimes they'll plunge straight into
The foaming breakers

Like diving birds, letting the green turbulence
Toss them, until they snap and sink

Teeth into floating wood
Then bound back to their owners
Shining wet, with passionate speed
For nothing,
For absolutely nothing but joy.


Alicia Ostriker, “The Dogs at Live Beach, Santa Cruz” from The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968-1998. Copyright © 1998 by Alicia Ostriker. All rights are controlled by the University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, upress.pitt.edu. Used by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.


message 2: by Susie (last edited May 29, 2017 03:16PM) (new)

Susie | 179 comments Sorry guys, for being late with my post...my dog River and I were at the beach...and yes, there was joy!
He is partial to tennis balls and Frisbee's... ;)


message 3: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie This poem I can relate to! Oscar swims every morning in the ocean. When a dog is happy, when a dog exudes joy, you see it in every muscle, in the hold of the head and the prance of the body. Oscar sends River a bark of joy.


message 4: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11466 comments Mod
Lovely poem, thanks for sharing Susie.


message 5: by Diane S ☔ (new)

Diane S ☔ Wonderful, joyful poem, Susie.


message 6: by Susie (new)

Susie | 179 comments Back at you Oscar!


message 7: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie :0) Thanks for the poem.


B the BookAddict (bthebookaddict) | 8315 comments Both my boxers adored the beach and really embodied the scenes from that poem. Thanks, Susie, wonderful:)


message 9: by Joan (new)

Joan Well this put the wag back in my tail,
poetry read "for absolutely nothing but joy",


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