Treasure Island

Denise Levertov

(24 October 1923 – 20 December 1997 / Ilford, Essex)

The Dog of Art


That dog with daisies for eyes
who flashes forth
flame of his very self at every bark
is the Dog of Art.
Worked in wool, his blind eyes
look inward to caverns and jewels
which they see perfectly,
and his voice
measures forth the treasure
in music sharp and loud,
sharp and bright,
bright flaming barks,
and growling smoky soft, the Dog
of Art turns to the world
the quietness of his eyes.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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