Poemdog

Dogs 2016

CAVE CANEM
(2/21/16)


signs
were posted
about the perimeter
of the backyard
fence

warning passersby
of the unruly animal
lurking within

there was never
that much noise

just
low growls

but you
could sense

smell
the beast

then one day
the people
were gone

moved

along
with their crusty
canine

but the warnings
remained

the house
stood vacant
for months

then
one weekend
a moving van
was parked
in the drive

I walked by
one night
the next week

when abreast
of the property
the most unholy
barking

howling

growling

began
from behind
the worn
wood

it sounded
like some Rottweiler/
grizzly bear
mix

a six foot
fence
may not be
enough

at least
the signs
were already
in place

I believe
that they may
have always
been there

it is
apparently
The House
Of Bad Dogs