who helps calm her when she
gets so anxious she strikes out at the world
that misunderstands her mind.
Another poor woman had three dogs.
She is now living
with a generous friend
after being evicted
because her daughter's boyfriend
gave her a fourth dog.
She could not reject it.
The sad woman has a thirteen year old
big dog who is dying.
She's already made arrangements
while she also prepares to retire,
which she fears like death.
The jovial man allows no negative
conversation. He talks only of happiness
for his life, his divorce and his little
There's the man who brings ice for the dogs.
He is close to the former West Point graduate.
She has PTSD and the cutest little pup.
The well groomed poodle with blue paws and bangs
is companion to the lady who lives part-time in Hawaii.
One woman, the one with two basset hounds, recently had a stroke,
the one with the four poodles; her husband has Cancer...
I love going to the park.
Sharing our life stories,
at the dogs, ourselves too,
experiencing how animals
humanize, teach us,
about acceptance, non-judgment,
co-existence in community
and the simplicity of fun.
(For Dverse Poets.)