YouTube Poem: Throw and Chase by Mark Tulin

A poem about our lifelong connection to animals.

Throw and Chase

I keep tossing the red ball

into the tumbling waves,

and my dog retrieves

and his paws keep paddling

while it seems that time slows,

and we never seem to tire,

but keep our game going

in an endless succession

Throw and chase is our ritual,

a man-dog brotherhood,

our way of staying connected,

sharing the sun-splattered instant

when the morning feels fresh forever,

and the waves never cease

As the seasons pass,

we eventually grow old,

my dog will develop a bad hip

I will inherit my mother’s cataracts

and my eyes too blurry

to play in the bright sunshine

on the damp sands of the beach

We will become two aging comrades

who prefer the quiet of a living room

I will lean back in my lounger,

my dog curled up by my feet

on a throw rug near a space heater,

while we nostalgically remember

my dog so excited by the chase,

and me, more than happy to throw.

Originally published on Letterpile.com

Author, poet, short story writer from Santa Barbara, California. I write about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching present in California. These are narratives that may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry and stories resonate with you.

10 comments on “YouTube Poem: Throw and Chase by Mark Tulin

  1. Oh, I love this poem!!!

  2. This is just a a delightful poem. I love it. It speaks so well to our love and relationship with animals.

  3. URW2Kind!! Thanks!

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