The Gospel According to a Labrador Retriever



taking her leave

down the trail

 through ragged weeds

along the pilgrim’s way,

in need of a friend

or  a conscience, perhaps,

she sees  the animal approach

with a cryptic note,

surreal, unreal,

the message warrants a second reading,


the dog translates.

 Of course, he is a lab,

a retriever,

and, make no mistake,

he kisses friends

and strangers alike,

no strings attached,

(that’s what the note says)

the pilgrim continues

down the rocky path,

stumbling over the foreigner,

half buried,

clothing in tatters,

 he’s sick,

he’s dirty,

he’s close to death,

but she detects a heartbeat,

altogether unnerved,

 she recalls the message,

 and slowly kisses away the muck,

with a lot of help from the dog,


it turns out,

followed her the whole messy way.


©2013 Wabi Sabi

For Sunday Whirl ‘ #117’

For d’Verse ‘open link night’

33 thoughts on “The Gospel According to a Labrador Retriever

  1. A well crafted mystery story Wabi, 😉 The cryptic note (in hieroglyphics maybe) a mystery dog with strange behaviour and a mysterious half dead foreigner!! Perfect setting for an adventure to begin!! 🙂


    • There may be others, but the one I link up with is The Sunday Whirl.Brenda, the administrator, gives 12 words weekly, and everyone writes a poem and links. The Sunday Whirl is also on Facebook where she posts the words on Friday night. They don’t arrive on the web site until Sunday morning. So if you need a head start ( like me) look it up on FB. Have fun!



  2. wow you hooked me pretty good with this one…your story is entrancing…had me wondering what the message was that the dog had…and then the man…the care for him, as the dog…really nicely done…


  3. he kisses friends
    and strangers alike,
    no strings attached,

    This sounds like my companions! Your poem makes a smooth circle back to the dog. I enjoyed experiencing your poem.


  4. very cool… kissing friends and strangers alike…ha – we can learn much from dogs me thinks… not necessarily kissing but just taking people as they are without being biased


  5. ‘he kisses friends
    and strangers alike,
    no strings attached,’

    what an interesting approach to life that would be, sounds a bit like our dear Brian in his support of us all.

    great story


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