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POETRY HONORABLE by Amy Phimister

White Dog

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PENINSULA PULSE  AUGUST 4–11/2017 • v23i31  DOORCOUNTYPULSE.COM

Her companion is a white dog with black dots older than she in dog years, although she is old and wears her white hat and matching gloves well. They both walk stiffly teetering listing like flooding ships. Each day at the dock they saunter together, the bedraggled leash rubbing the concrete boat ramp, it’s extra-long so he can wander in her wake, the rope ties them together, mother ship and lifeboat. She, slightly bent forward, risks each step, picking up colored lake stones. He meanders, sniffing scents of stink fish and sometimes his haunches shake, while he eats bones and grass. A pair, like the earth and sky, sand and water. They are peaceful as daylight. Fishermen on the horizon don’t see them, the queer twosome at the shoreline black specks in the sand. Could be a pair of gulls bobbing bending scavenging the silica.

Amy Phimister has retired to Door County after several years of working in Chicago for various corporations. Writing poetry has become her next career and she is helped by the great discussion of her poetry group.

PHOTOGRAPHY HONORABLE “A Boy and His Dog” by Michael Marit This is a photograph of my son and dog taking a rest during an afternoon hike. They’re both displaying similar emotions - fatigue - in their own ways.

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Each fall, the Peninsula Pulse newspaper in Door County, Wisconsin invites people of all ages, backgrounds and artistic abilities to submit...

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Each fall, the Peninsula Pulse newspaper in Door County, Wisconsin invites people of all ages, backgrounds and artistic abilities to submit...