Sally Clark poetry: New Tricks


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

The old dog’s once clear eyes,
now filled with his clouded destiny;
his aged body quickening toward
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.



Author’s Notes: I wrote this poem while my husband and I were on vacation in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. I can’t tell you what the inspiration was. I just started writing and there it was. It’s been published many times:

Dog Blessings: Poems, Prose, and Prayers Celebrating Our Relationship with Dogs, edited by June Cotner, published in 2008 by New World Library and re-released by Andrews McMell Publising in 2017.

Friends of Inspire Faith: Inspiring Stories of God’s Faithfulness, edited by Michelle Janene and Dana Sudboro, published in 2013 by Inspire Press.

ALTARWORK: Faith, Art. Expression., an online journal, in 2016.

Stones Before the Ocean: A Worship Poetry Anthology, published by Hewson Books in 2017.


Sally Clark

Sally Clark

Sally Clark and her husband, Mike, owned the Auslander Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas, from 1985 to 2001. Since retirement, Sally has been writing poems like clear pools, the kind where you can see all the way to the mossy rocks on the bottom. She writes about simple things like laundry and yellow highlighters, huge things like the trials of Job and the sins of Abraham, funny things like ice cream and penguins and Halloween, and scary things like heaven and hell and the color of dirt. Her award-winning poetry has been widely published in books, anthologies, magazines, gift books, and online. In 2017, her poem, "Los Compadres," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sally's first publication for children is "Where's My Hug?" a lift-the-flap board book published by WorthyKids/Ideals. Buy it for a child you love.
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