I made peace with my scarlet cardigan sweater
and buried my dog Sam in the river-bottom sand.
I wrapped him up, buttoned all five buttons
around his brown fur body, fixed
his ears when they flopped inside out.
I dug out the hole
with my own two hands. Then,
in my great red plastic canoe
I paddled down river and left him.
The woods swallowed us
after I closed his eyes.