Gaby Bedetti

A Dog Contemplates His Fortune 

Nothing’s finer than a gentle breeze 
on a Sunday under the yellowwood trees 
at a café where I smell meat 
and a blue-haired girl gives me a treat 
as a busking guitarist playing the blues 
kissed by the girl with the loud tattoos 
pays forward her largesse 
by calling me over for a caress 
while her fellow sings “Walking the Dog” 
and treats the crowd to an epilogue. 

Gaby Bedetti is a professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University. Her poems, photos, and translations have recently appeared in Cold Mountain Review, Typehouse, Los Angeles Review, New Delta Review, and World Literature Today. She is circulating a co-translation of the selected poems of Henri Meschonnic. Visit her at