Altered: “Raccoon” [1958]; tempera on panel; by: Andrew Wyeth

omber the hunting gaze of Jack chained in sepia,
his pack too, on the short leash;
half a dog stretches to the limit.
Heavy ring of servitude; the sleeping hound
too bored to nest in the straw
of the cracked-barrel bed.
Monotone sorrow framed for
the dog the artist never got to comfort.

*[ WSB ].