A Dog

Self-Portrait, 1991, Pen & Ink on Paper
Self-Portrait, 1991, Pen & Ink on Paper

A Poem

In the days of silken bindings
A leather leash beneath it all,
The dog saw his chance
And ran, never looking back
As he leaped towards tomorrow.
 
His favorite bone tucked in his jaw,
He didn’t mind the barbed wire’s caress.
The dog just slipped beneath the lowest line
And left the pasture fading far behind.
 
It’s not like the world’s a prison.
It’s not like houses all are homes.
It’s not as if all the love in the world
Can substitute for running
All the rabbits you know need chasing 
before the weary sun falls into bed.
 
So the dog is on the road
And roams where the scent will lead;
And sometimes roads are homes
And homes are more than what they seem.
And adventure is a home
-- homes are more than what they seem.
 
RVI

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Richard VanIngram 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas Author

Thank you, De Greek -- I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

"adventure is a home-- homes are more than what they seem"....

REally profound and very on target. Well done :-)


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Richard VanIngram 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas Author

Thanks. It was a pretty good self-portait -- I used to make about one a week for years (no other models available).


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XTASIS 6 years ago from The Beginning

good poem, but best of all is your drawing!


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Richard VanIngram 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas Author

Thank you! I've worked at it a long time.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

My word--you've got a lot of artistic gifts!


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Richard VanIngram 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas Author

Much appreciated -- especially from you! Thank you.


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Quilligrapher 6 years ago from New York

Well done, Richard. I give it a thumbs up!

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