Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Worship and Bow Down"

This poem is spillover from the April 21, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "Muddy Boots" square in my 4-1-20 card for the Spring Fest Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Clay of Life series.

"Worship and Bow Down"

They found the dog -- puppy, really --
chewing on Menachem's muddy boots.

By then they had been searching
the campsite for a good fifteen minutes,
because Menachem needed to wear
his work boots at the forge, and they
were not where he had left them.

What? Yossele signed as he
stared at the strange creature.

"That's a dog," Menachem said,
signing along with his words. "Well,
it's half grown, so I suppose that it's
somewhere between puppy and dog."

Dog. Puppy, Yossele echoed.

Menachem bent down and waggled
his fingers. "Come here, you,"
he said. "I need my boots."

The dog came to him, dropping
the boots on his feet, tail wagging
so hard it whacked Menachem's legs.

Whose dog? Yossele asked. The dog
frisked around him, wriggling in excitement.

Menachem sighed. "Nobody's dog,
this far outside of town. Sometimes
people abandon them. It's not good."

The dog looked at him hopefully.
Yossele looked at him hopefully, too.

Our dog? the golem signed.

"All right, then, our dog,"
Menachem agreed.
"We can call him Caleb."

With a happy yap,
Caleb lowered his front,
forelegs stretched out, and
raised his rear end high.

What is he doing?
Yossele wondered.

"Playing, or praying,"
Menachem said. "They're
much the same for dogs."

How? Yossele asked.

"A long time ago, the dogs said,
'Come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before God our Maker,' and
so they did," the blacksmith explained.
"But sometimes, they get a little confused
about the difference between God and man."

Sometimes, said the golem, so do I.

* * *


From the original prompt:
Dogs have an interesting place in Judaism: humility, loyalty, and brazeness.

Psalms 95:6, is their part in Nature's Song, Perek Shirah. The Dogs are saying, "Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before God our Maker."

Read about dog body language.
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