Inner Space – A Constellation of Dog Eyes


The hearts of dogs

Shine through their

Deep seeing eyes

Here see the complicated Nova of a dog’s universe.

nova 2

Atlas pierces this world with sky-colored eyes.


World order keeps swirling with the circling help of the herders

with their piercing eyes.
Like Moses they pull this dog world into the constellation.

Rescued dogs create a starry path of growing wonder.

An icy blue star scatters trails of crystals through the dog driven milky way.

In this inner space dogs come who trail sweetness as they fly.
Dandelion covers his world with softness.

This sweet lab emits love like a soft wind.

sweet labcropno

Snappy terrier eyes soar with laughter.

terrier eyes

As this dog universe fades into another world, the older dogs lead the way.

The constellation of Bear chases his way to the edge.


Gentle Zeke guards all he knows .

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And at the very edge,  8-Ball heads into his corner of this world slowly and  carefully making his way to the end.


A long time dog owner, I have been fascinated by how much you can learn about a dog’s soul by looking at his eyes.  All of these dogs, became my friends at dog parks.  Where I could, I worked their names into the lines. Three of these dogs belong to the family either as grand puppy or as dog child.  The last dog, 8-Ball, was mine for 14 1/2 years.  He died yesterday after I had written those last lines the day before.  For a moment I wondered if I had written  him into death.  But reality is he has been weakening for a long time.  He loved the dog park and walked it with me slowly and carefully on his last full day of life.  I wanted to post this as soon as a could.  It represents months of photographing dogs with my iPhone 6 and 6s.  Now may it be a memorial to all the dogs that are loved but gone.  Janice Eskridge©2016

About Winding Stream Press

Janice DeRuiter Eskridge, M.F.A. is a poet who worked for over a decade as a poet-teacher for California Poets in the Schools. Helen Shoemaker, Ph.D. L.M.F.T. is a university professor who teaches in the areas of child development and counseling. She is also a therapist in private practice.
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2 Responses to Inner Space – A Constellation of Dog Eyes

  1. Love the pics and great wording


  2. Jamie says:

    Very creative mom. Love it!


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