by John Reinhart
more than man can understand only a dog can understand how it is possible to remain entirely loyal, from whipping tail to fierce bark, and yet fall completely in love again and again the thrill is in the creative act, simply imagining the flutter, the warmth at the sight of her eyes across the room like a dream that in waking is more vibrant than life - just as fulfilling; the impossible is waiting patiently in cobwebbed corners, waiting to be seen waiting for the familiar jingle of a leash or rattle of a dish or whistle wind up the tail and let it fly in exuberance, set to hover an extra foot off the ground
An arsonist by trade, John Reinhart lives on a farmlette in Colorado with his wife and children. The 2016 recipient of the Horror Writers Dark Poetry Scholarship, he is a frequent contributor to the Songs of Eretz Review. His chapbook, “encircled,” is out from Prolific Press https://prolificpress.com/bookstore/chapbook-series-c-14/encircled-by-john-reinhart-p-170.html. More of his work is available at Patreon and Facebook.