Dogs 2010

BIPOLAR JUNGLE
(3/10/10)


Sake is
a beautiful
animal

distinctive
black
white
gray
and tan
markings
with bright
blue eyes

he prowls
our yard
in search
of adventure
and amusement
on a daily
basis

my wife
is sure
that the neighbor's cat
bodily defiles
our flowerbeds
and detests
the smell

she shoos
him away
at every
opportunity

I came out
of the backdoor
this morning
and he crouched low
at the sound
preparing
to flee

when he saw
that it was
only me
he straightened
languidly
as if never
in a panic
flagged his tail high
to signal
his approach
and meowed
confidently
clamoring
for affection

a rap
on the window
sent us both
scurrying
to our respective
hiding places