Dogs of Gallipoli

Marilyn Humbert
In ones and twos shaggy mutts 
sprawl soaking up the Turkish sun
near walls etched with names.
As we pass, a black hound stirs
blinks one eye, ignoring the tourists 
traipsing on its seaside patch.

Unlike Australia’s larrikin curs
ready to brawl in busy streets 
and abandoned alleys,
answer the packs’ chanting howls 
egged on by dingo ancestors 
to harass sheep herds in rural locales.

Gallipoli’s dogs are content. 
Quiet companions
to soldier’s restless ghosts.

Marilyn Humbert lives on Darug and GuriNgai land in Berowra, NSW Australia. Her tanka and haiku appear in International and Australian journals, anthologies and online. Her free verse poems have been awarded prizes in competitions, published in anthologies, journals and online most recently in FemAsia Magazine Oct 22 and accepted for publication in Live Encounters January 2023.



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