Number 2: Dog Barking at the Moon

Photograph by Lee Ka-sing - Dragon in the city

I felt an unruly dog was dragon enough and wrote this poem, after a painting by Joan Miro from 1926 called "Dog Barking at the Moon."

This ham-faced
dog of mine
legs like pencils
stands barking
at the lantern moon
hanging low
over the lawn
like a pinata

I'm sitting
on the veranda
sipping my black tea
thinking about
curtailing the dog
or breaking off a branch
to whack the moon with

anything for some quiet
this used to be
a silent street
until it got a moon
of its own
and I took on
this frantic, upturned dog
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