Thursday, February 23, 2006


under the inconstant moon
we walk our two square blocks
before we say goodnight

you check for messages
posted on every corner
and leave your own replies

for me you reserve your
small chuffs in the throat, breaths, and sighs,
long gazes from your intent brown eyes

or a cold nose suddenly under my arm—
Romeo, in wagging your tail, you wag mine


Blogger Rexroth's Daughter said...

Is your dog really named Romeo? That is such a great name. Sweet poem. Good dog.

2/23/2006 10:51 AM  
Blogger MB said...

RD, yes. My child bestowed his nickname first, Rome. Then decided his full formal name would be Romeo. Very good dog. Very good kid, too.

2/23/2006 11:04 AM  
Blogger alan said...

After a long night
and long morning,
a smile!

Thank you!


2/23/2006 12:57 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Alan! I'm glad if my little bit of fluff could lift your spirits for even a moment, after the week you've had.

2/23/2006 1:04 PM  
Blogger Bobby said...

That's hitting me . . . I like leaving notes - sticky notes, stickers etc

Nice blog.

2/23/2006 2:58 PM  
Blogger zhoen said...

Names take a while to be right.

2/23/2006 4:00 PM  
Blogger mermaid said...


2/23/2006 5:06 PM  
Blogger Gemma Grace said...

LOL ~~~

2/23/2006 9:54 PM  
Blogger Sky said...


2/23/2006 11:51 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

Roméo .
En mettant ce poème aujourd'hui sur votre blog , au sujet de votre chat , vous ne pouviez deviner la coincidence que cela représente pour moi .
J'ai passé tout ce matin chez le vétérinaire , une matinée très longue , très pénible pour mon chat Roméo .
Attente interminable après un long trajet pénible en voiture , diagnostic inquiétant ,anesthésie , prise de sang et test .. Verdict grave , sévère , mais neuf chances sur dix de guérir !!!
Maintenant , c'est un long réveil , il ne me reconnait pas .
En lisant votre poème , j'ai été très ému .

2/24/2006 5:04 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Jean, quelle coincidence! C'est vraiment remarquable. Je souhaite que votre chat se guerisse rapidement. Je pense que c'est tres difficile a voir un animal ainsi -- on peut pas leur parler, l'expliquer, etc. Mon Romeo est un chien, actuellement, quoique je ne l'ai jamais dit -- mais en son cas c'est presque la meme chose -- il se comport doucement comme un chat, il est silent ou ronronner comme un chat! (Bien sur, autres fois, il est tout chien, comme quand il poursuit les ecureuils!)

For those of you who don't speak French... Jean says that the same morning I posted this poem about my Romeo, in a remarkable coincidence I could have known nothing about, his beloved cat Romeo went on an emergency trip to the vet, very difficult and painful, involving a disturbing diagnosis, blood drawing, anesthesia, etc. Fortunately, the cat is now recovering with good chances of healing.

My thanks, to each one of you, for your comments.

2/24/2006 8:04 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Ah, with my own dog, a female though, who mostly sniffs the notes left by the male dogs, I smiled... Romeo is such a perfect name. "long gazes from your intent brown eyes"... is perfect too.

2/24/2006 9:42 AM  
Blogger leslee said...


Glad to see you're both enjoying the year of the dog.

2/24/2006 10:30 AM  
Anonymous yllstonewolf said...

lovely...lovely! sadie calls it 'checking her pee-mail'

2/24/2006 11:29 AM  
Blogger Dale said...

Bonne chance a toi et a Roméo, Jean!

MB, this post made me grin. such a wonderful evocation!

2/24/2006 11:40 AM  
Blogger Frankie said...

Perfect! What joy this brings!

2/24/2006 8:41 PM  
Blogger Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

Cute -- and stanza 2 seems like a description of blogging.

Thank you, and Jean, for giving me this chance to renew my understanding of French. I can read it pretty well -- got through your comment and his with no dictionary and no problem -- but if I'd heard them spoken I'd be at a loss.

(Word verification: kybpcry -- too raunchy, I'll leave the interpretation unsaid.)

2/25/2006 7:19 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

Love it. You are really talented to be able to do such a wide variety of work. One of our three dogs is named Romeo.(sigh ... three dogs ... I vacuum nearly every day - or, at least, should).

2/25/2006 5:49 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Thank you all.

Brenda, he is a real Romeo, a real romantic, and I love him for it.

Leslee - ha! I had no idea.

Anne, "checking her pee-mail" made me chuckle!

Dale, it's gratifying to know you enjoyed it. Thank you for telling me.

Frankie, thanks!

Richard, you're right: blogging! It never occurred to me before that in leaving comments we're peeing on each other's territory... I'm glad you are enjoying the French. My French has languished too many decades in a state of total neglect, so I'm enjoying the opportunity for exchange, as well. You lost me on the word verification, though. I haven't a clue??

Becca, I can't even imagine having three dogs! Fortunately, Rome's shedding is largely seasonal. In fact, coming right up (yipes!).

2/27/2006 1:36 PM  

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