Tuesday, September 18, 2007


monday, he broke the gate and ran away
yesterday, he clawed the plaster wall
trying to get out the locked door

this morning, curled on the floor, he drools
and shakes, ears back, teeth chattering
like the low grinding of some machine

while the relentless sound of a nail gun
hammers through the wash of daylight
hanging across the street

he remains silent but
the big brown eyes turn up,
wide open, whites showing

okay, I sigh, and reach for my purse
he jumps up, runs to the door,
sits completely still, waits

with quick glances to make sure I am still
coming and will see him there
shaking but on best behavior

his usual expressions of slow relish are gone
but then, at one time or another,
haven't we all needed to make a quick exit?

in the end, perhaps this is why we
are here: to assist each other
through some necessary exit


Blogger j kieselguhr said...

don't forget the entrances, please, mb. we sometimes need help with those too, doncha fink?

he's a rascal. gille sends regards :o)

9/18/2007 2:15 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

This poem captures his impatience and need perfectly. And perhaps that's why we're here - a good a reason as any.

9/18/2007 4:14 PM  
Blogger Zhoen said...

Gotta have friends when you get stuck, to get you unstuck. Can't think of a better definition of friend, really.

9/18/2007 6:06 PM  
Blogger mermaid said...

Lately, I've been thinking of my purpose, and who I inspire in the brief moments of time we have together. You continue to inspire me.

9/18/2007 9:31 PM  
Blogger Marly Youmans said...

Yoicks, the end feels like unexpected doom!

9/19/2007 10:00 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Oh those quick glances back, always the thing that most reminds me of the essential nature-- patient, but ready.

9/19/2007 4:34 PM  
Blogger alan said...

Sometimes words aren't necessary to lead someone where they need to go...


9/20/2007 2:43 AM  
Blogger Fire Bird said...

What a great dog

9/20/2007 1:22 PM  
Blogger rdl said...

he sounds like my separation anxiety pup.

9/21/2007 6:38 PM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Yes, ib all senses this expresses.

9/22/2007 4:34 AM  
Blogger Taradharma said...

sounds like your pup brings out the loving patience in you.....

9/26/2007 1:45 PM  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

"some necessary exit"....these 3 words keep rolling around in my skull....

9/28/2007 7:20 AM  
Blogger littlepurplecow said...

Very nice. Anticipation captured.

10/22/2007 8:52 PM  

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