Calling In The Dog

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “The Poem as a One-Sided Conversation”.  (posted by Kerry)
Today, I wish for us to celebrate the poem as a one-sided conversation, written for a silent and even disinterested audience, because poetry is an aspect of individual creativity that goes beyond literary appreciation or criticism. We write because we think and the act of setting the words down shows that these thoughts matter, maybe to ourselves alone, maybe to someone else who happens to read them.

When Murphy goes out
in the yard at night
he vanishes. I look
through the glass
of the back door. Sure
enough, he is never there,
where the light pools
on deck or concrete.
A chubby auburn dachshund
dashes off and fades
into night shadows. Ready
for bed, I bang on the glass.
He passes by, looks at me,
changes direction. I wonder
how many of my neighbors
hear me try to whisper
forcefully, “Murphy, Murphy”
to no avail. Then, tail
wagging, he appears with no fear
of retribution.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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18 Responses to Calling In The Dog

  1. kanzensakura says:

    I like Murphy! So many times have I loudly whispered for my cats to come in. I enjoyed this so very much.

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  2. Helen says:

    Goodness! I have had those moments through the years with Gunner, Chloe, Sammy plus a few of my Mother’s doggies. Love it.

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  3. Kerry says:

    Three cheers for Murphy’s free-spirited ways.

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  4. Vivian Zems says:

    I wonder what Murphy’s thoughts are- as you whisper fiercely 😂

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  5. I think Murphy has laws for himself… 🙂

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  6. Oh I can see that sweet little dog, making his bedtime rounds. I loved this.


  7. sanaarizvi says:

    I love Murphy!💖 Enjoyed the delightfulness that is this poem 😍😍


  8. We live in the country so I yell. It doesn’t bother anyone, not even my dog-he ignores me.


  9. With no fear of retribution. It’s nice to be SO cute 🙂


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