Photo from the IFAW website

For Nova

What did you think under that hellish sky
Midst the insane wind flying at your door,
Beating fistfuls of debris against it?

What did you make of the depressive air,
The vicelike feel of angry greyness,
Of barren lifelessness pressing in?

Did you sense danger in the disruption:
No key turning in the lock, no voice, no walk,
No food or water, just cold and dark

What did you think when the water rose,
Leaving its darksome mark on the walls,
Leaving you to wait in its toxic ooze

I know what you thought when the strangers came,
When they saw your muddy prints on the fridge,
And found you standing on top of a bed

I know what you thought
I saw it in your eyes
Curious, wary, hopeful
I saw it on the news
You knew

You let them slip the loop on
And lead you off the bed
I saw you understand
That they were saving you

Where are you now, little dog, and what do you think?
Has your former way of life been somewhat restored?

Or have you had to become
A dog of the universe
Like one I used to know?



Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard October 29 and wrought a brand of havoc never before experienced there. It’s destructive power was greater than Katrina or Andrew.

On November 3, the IFAW—one of the many animal rescue organizations working the Sandy aftermath—rescued a little Shih Tzu they called “Peanut.”

Here are a few links documenting the rescue:

The first story of Peanut – 11/3/12

Link to a video that includes Peanut’s rescue – 11/6/12

Click here for more on prompt #347 – Flood from other Sunday Scribblings participants.


8 Responses to “Peanut”

  1. November 26, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Even Peanut must have sensed that being rescued was a better option than being blamed for the muddy paw prints at home.

  2. November 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I can picture Nova climbing his way around the tree..upto the stars..animals always know..they don’t have words to hide the truth..they trust..love unconditionally…do good without being prodded to do so by a superstorm..Nova will always be.. Jae x

    • 4 zanzinece
      November 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

      A choir of angels was singing backup to your solid gold voice, Jae! Truer words have not been jotted down : ) Only you, Lady J… Mwah!

  3. November 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

    How lucky Peanut and dog owners are to have organizations like the one you mentioned, IFAW, to help save them!

    • 6 zanzinece
      November 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

      Indeed they are, Robyn! There’s so many huge-hearted organizations in existence now, for every sentient being in need. I love that : )

  4. December 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I love this piece! I have a beloved dog, too, and it is easy to read his mind.

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