"Steady" [Profile on a hunting dog (likely a retriever), signaling steady on point]: "Mammoth plate" photo by William Henry Jackson for the Detroit Photographic Co. (later the Detroit Publishing Co.), c. 1902; image restoration by trialsanderrors (Detroit Publishing Company Collection, Library of Congress)
The dog stops barking after Robinson has gone.
His act is over. The world is a gray world,
Not without violence, and he kicks under the grand piano,
The nightmare chase well under way.
The mirror from Mexico, stuck to the wall,
Reflects nothing at all. The glass is black.
Robinson alone provides the image Robinsonian.
Which is all of the room -- walls, curtains,
Shelves, bed, the tinted photograph of Robinson’s first wife,
Rugs, vases, panatellas in a humidor.
They would fill the room if Robinson came in.
The pages in the books are blank,
The books that Robinson has read. That is his favorite chair,
Or where the chair would be if Robinson were here.
All day the phone rings. It could be Robinson
Calling. It never rings when he is here.
Outside, white buildings yellow in the sun.
Outside, the birds circle continuously
Where trees are actual and take no holiday.
Weldon Kees (1914-1955): Robinson, from The Fall of the Magicians, 1947
Cave Canem (Beware of Dog) mosaic from The House of the Tragic Poet, Pompeii: photo by Radomil, 10 January 2004
"There on the left as one entered...was a huge dog with a chain round its neck. It was painted on the wall and over it, in big capitals, was written: Beware of the Dog." -- Petronius, Satyricon, XXIX