Letter to the editor: A poetic tribute to a departed president and his dog

Lying in State


Isn’t it his dog

we’re drawn to,

his yellow lab retriever?


Lying in the Rotunda.

Close to his flag-draped,

military coffin.


Trained to stay, until

she’s called to be

of service. Somehow


she knows he’s still

here. And that wheelchair,

against the wall,


was his, too. A trainer

thought to bring,

to let her feel less


anxious. To sense,

if called, it was her job

to sit under his shaking


hand. Which she can’t

see, it’s her leash he’s

holding, inside the metal


box. With the bone,

he told her, he’d keep

for her eternity.


— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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