Dogs 2010

SMALL VICTORY
(6/7/10)


Sunday's
headlines

observance
of the turning point
courageously fought
by armed forces
in a war
that never
should have
been allowed
by intelligent
individuals

a neverending
oil spill
and resulting
poisoned wildlife
caused by
corporate carelessness
just as pervasive
and polluting

tornados
killing more
in the Midwest
just folks
on typical
weekend rounds
who never knew
Saturday morning
would be
their last

a local
anniversary
of the deaths
of two small girls
on some rural
backroad
at the hand
of a horrible
human being
still
not caught

a day
better spent
away
from the media

out
in the yard
I saw
the neighbor's cat
chase a squirrel
across the lawn
and into
our oak
tree

halfway up
the rodent
attained
some altitude
of attitude
and turned
upon the feline
chasing her
down the trunk
and back over
the fence
of her origin

the rodent
reared back
chattering
its defiance

finally
a smile