Portrait of My Lover as Limavady, Ireland


Happy to see me, O sweet—

Thus the town’s name: Leaping dog.

                        They possess an instinct

for joy, how dogs jump, then

this one rolls over to reveal its belly.


I’m yours, it says.


And then the licking of hands, face.

Let me taste your salt.

Let me know, for sure, it’s you.


Photo By: Ida Myrvold


About Author

Patricia Clark is Poet-in-Residence and Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University. Author of four volumes of poetry, Patricia’s latest book is Sunday Rising. Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, also appearing in The Atlantic, Gettysburg Review, Poetry, Slate, and Stand. She is also the author of a chapbook, Given the Trees, in the Voices from the American Land series. Patricia has had writing residencies at The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Arts, Ragdale, and the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland.

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