Dogs 2010

TEETH IN THE OTHER THIGH
(10/4/10)


the dog
barks
incessantly
day
and night

the
neighbors
and my wife
are restless
to say
the least

I peek
over the fence
just to have
some idea
of the offender

pit bull
chained away
from the house
in an unsheltered
corner
of the yard

grass
worn
to dirt

frightened look
of desperation
in the eyes

later
we learn
from the police
that the animal
belongs
to the homeowner's
son
who has been
forbidden
to have the canine
in his place
of residence

the father's yard
is a temporarily
if cruel
solution

the cop
tells us
that it's
an "inside pet"
who is now forced
to stay 24/7
out of doors
so that the dad's
two dogs
in the house
do not
feel
threatened

the pit bull
looks to be
the one
under duress

~

the dog
still barks
but now
we hope
for human
screams