I held him in my arms at the vet’s,
alone in a room reserved
for the final injection, his warm
Schnauzer-body quieting into heaviness,
then slipped him vinyl-bagged,
into the back seat among blankets,
cookie crumbs, the ice-scraper.
–excerpt from “Jermey” in Jumping Off the Train by Donna Pucciani (Orchard House Press, Washington 2007). First published in Re-Divider (U.S.) and Pennine Ink (U.K.)