When an exhibition about the lost city of Pompeii came to Melbourne in July 2009, I was saddened by that cast of the dog's body.
[Photo by Wknight94]
I think it would be okay to reproduce here some of the lines from the poem. If you can get a copy of the anniversary edition of Going Down Swinging you will be able to read the whole beautiful poem. In part it says:
it's the brassand another couple of stanzas...
who's most articulate-
through its contortion
we can see the cloud advance,
the sulphur exhaust expanding
does the dog not seem to suggestThe line about the 'defenceless paws' really gets to me. Our pets are so vulnerable to how we treat them. And there have been so many terrible events around Australia and around the world, and I always wonder how many animals are caught up in these disasters.
that while we may be
overwhelmed, it's still worth flipping
ourselves inside out,
or sticking up our defenceless paws-
anything, anything that proves we tried
to hold the fire back.