by Tom Zeller / Siegfried Sassoon (1886 – 1967)

“Who’s this –– alone with sand and sky?
It’s only my old dog and I ––
It’s only him; it’s only me;
Alone with stone and grass and tree.

What share we most –– we two together?
Smells, and awareness of the weather.
What is it makes us more than dust?
My trust in him; in me his trust.

Here’s anyhow one decent thing
That life to man and dog can bring;
One decent thing, remultiplied
Till Earth’s last dog and man have died.”


Tom Zeller