The Visit

Sarah Edwards

Shortly before, the romance was quite
Over we came across the neighbor’s
Dog making feast of dead buck.
The guilt the blood-caked collie
Seemed to feel, when she saw us
Approaching, proved less insistent
Than her humiliating new desire: again
And again, that September, we saw her
break through stiff goldenrod and trawl
Softly toward a diminishing corpse.