A Funny Breed

Written for:  Poetics Aside #441
“For today’s prompt, write a notice poem. A notice could be a warning about something. Or it could just be an informational type of notice. Or perhaps, you just noticed a person, place, or thing for the first time.”

Dog walkers are
a funny breed. They watch
the path try to rein in
leash as dog drifts
to one side then another.
Uh oh! Is that a chicken
bone he picked up. Wrestle
it out of his mouth while
telling him how bad he is
to eat something delicious
off the floor. Maybe a squirrel
decides to dash madly
up a tree five feet
away from where dog
and walker are standing.
They spot that squirrel
same time as their dog
who lunges forward
in a futile attempt to catch it.
Oh look, they tell their dog,
here comes Baxter, there
goes Rocky, and Chloe.
Never able to tell
you what other dog
walkers look like, or
their names. Memory holds
only the dog’s name,
and color. Dog walkers
are a funny breed.

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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