Denise Levertov

As it Happens 

Like dogs in Mexico, 
furless, sore, misshapen,

arrives from laborious nowhere 
Agony. And proves

to have eyes of kindness, 
a pitiful tail, wants

love. Give it some, in form of 
dry tortilla, it

grabs and runs off 
three leggéd, scared,

but tarries nearby and will 
return.                   A friend.