Heather McHugh

Surfaces to scrape or wipe,
a screwdriver to be applied
to slime-encrusted soles, the spattered
hallways, wadded bedding – and
in quantities astounding (in the corners,
under furniture, behind the curtains)
fluff and dander spread by curs
the breeder called nonshedding …
it’s a dog’s life I myself must lead,
day in, day out – with never a Sunday edition –
while they lie around on their couches like poets,
and study the human condition.