Poemdog

Dogs 2016

YARD STATUES
(11/28/16)

they're
waiting for me
again

the neighbors'
cats

keeping
watch
in my absence

claiming
my corner
litter box
as their own

they don't
flinch
as I pull
the car
into the drive

their eyes
glow
in the glooming
dusk

they seem
to have headlights
of their own

only
when I exit
the garage
do I sense
a hint
of movement

some leaning
toward

some leaning
away

all
hesitating

all listening
for some sign
of intent
on my part

I call
to them

some scamper
across the street
for supposed
safety

others
answer

padding
their way
slowly

very slowly

in my direction

tails high

happy
to see me

more
than happy
to delay
my day

just a few
more
minutes