Alex Colville, Dog and Priest (1978) National Gallery of Canada
This dog collar weighs heavily around my neck
reminding me of the burdens I carry.
Burdens of loyalty and love
companionship and wisdom
goodness and everlasting care.
I’ll sit here for as long as he does
for I am here to serve
to be alongside
through the good times
and the bad.
To feel his presence near me today
I don’t need to touch him
I just need to know that he is close.
I wait to serve
and the waiting grows inside me
like a bud waiting to bloom
waiting to be sure
of what he is asking of me
waiting to hear where I can serve.
For serving is my mission.
And all I require in return is love,
a gentle hand of blessing
from time to time
and grace will keep me at his side.