hint of woodsmoke
the collie sleeps
with one ear cocked

7 Responses

  1. Nichael Cramer Says:

    I love this beautiful image of resting, quietly listening for the woodsmoke.

  2. Julie Mellor poet Says:

    Thank you for commenting Nichael. I think dogs can be alert even when they're asleep! x

  3. Bob Redmond Says:

    Really niceā€”open-hearted and evocative haiku

  4. Julie Mellor poet Says:

    Thank you for taking the time to comment Bob. It's definitely a 'fireside' poem – warm and cosy. x

  5. ingridbaluchi Says:

    This is so Thomas Hardy.
    Love the smell and the sense of peace, with the dog alert to its flock.
    Thank you, Julie.

  6. Julie Mellor poet Says:

    Thank you so much Ingrid. I'm a dog lover and a dog owner – it's that ability to stay alert while resting that intrigues me. x

  7. Sabra Fenske Says:

    What about a family living near a wildfire, and the dog always on alert for it getting too close… Always ready to save them, even when asleep. That’s how I heard this…

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