Last Days of an Old Dog

Last Days of an Old Dog

by Patsy Kisner


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The poems in Last Days of an Old Dog are observations from rural West Virginia, including farm life with horses, nature, and thoughts about Heaven. Sharp and concise, these poems embody a “graceful quickness” that will entice the reader to return to them again and again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635347036
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 10/05/2018
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Patsy Kisner lives on a farm in Calhoun County, West Virginia. Some of the journals her poems have appeared in include Appalachian Journal, Shelia-Na-Gig, Spoon River Poetry Review, Forge, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, and The Tower Journal. Her work has also been selected for The Red Moon Anthology. Her first collection of poems, Inside the Horse's Eye, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2016.

Table of Contents


Mom’s Quilt 1

Remember 2

Newborn 3

Newborn Foal 4

Horse Scent 5

Tag 6

One Still Moment 7

Dog 8

My Gift 9


Dear Mamaw 13

Old Photos 14

Run 15

What’s Gone is Never Gone 16

Potato Digging 17

March 12 18

Thinking of John Muir 19

Pedigree 20

Cup 21


Yorifumi Yaguchi 25

Touch 26

Last Days of an Old Dog 27

Black Crickets 28

Owl 29

Cheer Up 30

Determination 31

Dawn 32


On My Last Day 35

First Date 36

Free 37

Sycamore Creek 38

The Announcement 39

The Farm 40

The Stray 41

The Depression 42

The Sewing Box 43


Heaven 47

Colic in the Barn 48

Shriveled 49

Two Fawns 50

Words 51

She Slipped Away 52

Nearing the Barn 53

Amid the Melting Snow 54

Purring Louder 55


Birth 59

The Difference 60

Dissection 61

Anniversary 62

The Last Night 63

A Universe for Me 64

For the Little Twins 65

After Your Death 66

Today 67

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