On Guru Zuul

The finest pup
in all the land
understands you,
I mean truly,

mans the fort
as is her duty,
and waits
as long as it takes

for food, drink, walk,
play, praise,
and pretty days
with her beloveds.

Zuul even loves
her tiny new thunder-
thieving recruit
who will soon pull hair,

poke everywhere
and give even more
insistent kisses
than she gives.

In my life
as mantra sayer
and would-be
consciousness raiser

I see now how
to really change tunes:
just strive
with all I’ve got—

or not!—
for Zuuli-zoo’s
lovin’ life