Mary Oliver reads a lovely poem about her dog

Renowned poet Mary Oliver reads “Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night” from her collection of new and favorite poems, Dog Songs, celebrating the dogs that have enriched her world.

Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night

He puts his cheek against mine
and makes small, expressive sounds.
And when I’m awake, or awake enough

he turns upside down, his four paws
in the air
and his eyes dark and fervent.

“Tell me you love me,” he says.

“Tell me again.”

Could there be a sweeter arrangement? Over and over
he gets to ask.
I get to tell.

Here are two other dog poems by Mary Oliver posted on Words for the Year: The Sweetness of Dogs and I Ask Percy How I Should Live My Life.

Read about Mary Oliver (1935-2019) and her astonishing poetry in this memorial acknowledgment to her poetic legacy. It contains links to articles, interviews, and poetry readings, as well as many of her favorite poems I’ve loved and posted over the years.

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3 Responses to “Mary Oliver reads a lovely poem about her dog”

  1. RIP: Mary Oliver. Thank you for sharing your poetic gifts with us. They are a national treasure! | The Uncarved Blog Says:

    […] Trees, Lingering In Happiness, At Blackwater Pond, Don’t Hesitate, Mockingbirds, Messenger, Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night, and When Death Comes, which was included here in her obituary posted on Jan 17, […]

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  2. Miriam Kasin Says:

    Sweet!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. deborahbrasket Says:

    That’s lovely, so sweet. Really captures that tender relationship we have with the 4-legged members of our families.

    Liked by 1 person

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