New Tricks

New Tricks

New Tricks 150 150 Sally Clark

The old dog’s once clear eyes,
now filled with his clouded destiny;
his aged body quickening towards
the familiar voice he cannot see,
rippling with quiet joy
that Love has called him,
once again;
his head nodding heavily
with reciprocated desire.

What joy should fill
God’s waiting heart,
if from such trusting pets,
we humans could learn
not to ponder our worthiness
to be loved,
but chose instead the uninhibited,
slobbering joy of a lesser creature
anticipating the affection
of his Master.

Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might,
2 Samuel 6:14


Sally Clark

Sally Clark’s award-winning poems have appeared in magazines, gift books, and anthologies published by Tyndale House, Chronicle Books, Howard Books, Integrity Publishers, Sourcebooks, Adams Media, Center Street, New World Library, and DaySpring Cards. Her poetry has appeared in Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression Journal, Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life and The Chrysalis Reader. Her poems have also received recognition in American Poetry Review and Poetry Magazine. Sally is a retired restaurant owner turned poet and lives in Fredericksburg, Texas. Follow her at

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