White Dog by carl phillips

First snow—I release her into it— I know, released, she won't come back. This is different from letting what, already, we count as lost go. It is nothing like that. Also, it is not like wanting to learn what losing a thing we love feels like. Oh yes: I love her. Released, she seems for a moment as if some part of me that, almost, I wouldn't mind understanding better, is that not love? She seems a part of me, and then she seems entirely like what she is: a white dog, less white suddenly, against the snow, who won't come back. I know that; and, knowing it, I release her. It's as if I release her because I know.
This poem is about how a guy gets a dog, gets attached to it, lets the dog out to run around and the dog never comes back.

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Created with images by Pezibear - "dog young dog maltese" • Hans - "snow lane traces snow" • Pezibear - "dog young dog young"

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