Canis, by Lana Dean Helm
Let sleeping dogs and other beasts
lie where they will. There’s too much
at risk to do otherwise, or so the words
would have you believe. I’d rather
nuzzle into the necks of them, inhaling
fur, and frost, and the nectar of their slumber.
Up against voices, claws always win.
Lana Dean Helm holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR. She writes poetry in Southern Indiana, where she is an English professor, piano teacher, and dog sitter. Her interests include live music, comic books, sci-fi, and marine biology. Lana received a nomination for the 43rdAnnual Pushcart Prize for her poem, “Shadows of Birds.” Her poems have been published by Weasel Press, Tigershark Publishing, Thurston Howl Publications, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, Slipstream Press,Lost Tower Publications, Halcyon Days Magazine, Blue Horse Press, you are here: the journal of creative geography, Three Drops Press, & Rose Red Review.