Shawn L. Bird

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poem- waiting February 11, 2015

Filed under: Poetry,poodles — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:01 pm
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2:50 a.m.

I’m getting to bed at a decent hour for once

(well, decent for me).

I let out the dogs.

One’s back in a minute, tail wagging,

as he heads to his bowl for a quick snack.

No sign of dog two.

I whistle.

I call.

Were I bi-pedal, I would put on boots

go in the back yard and bring him in,

but I’m mono-pedal and the office chair

isn’t up for a snowy back yard

never mind the slope I’d never get up.

So I’m waiting.

and waiting

and waiting.

This dog does this a lot

at 3 a.m.

Never at 1 a.m.

or 4 a.m.

What’s that about?

At 3:30, I shut out all the lights

and decide he can sleep on the porch.

until hubby get’s up at 5:00.

Then I see a ghostly shape on the other side of the glass door.

Oh, hello.  You’re back already?  Grrr.

I steer him down the hall, and he hops up on my bed

with wet, dirty feet.  I growl, and smack his butt.

I pick up dog one, who has dry feet, is about to die,

and pees promptly when I put him out and then returns to the door.

In the dark, dog two lies on the dog pillow and I hear cats yowling.

In my bedroom.

In his belly.

Mewling, and yowling, and squeaking, and meowing.

He shifts uncomfortably.

His stomach gurgles and growls.

He can have breakfast later.

I’m going to sleep with the good dog

at my feet.



(No.  He didn’t really eat cats, despite what it sounded like).


15 Responses to “poem- waiting”

  1. pintowski Says:

    Hmmmm… I love this decent hour…

    Hey don’t be a nightcrawler….

  2. Wow!! Thank goodness. My cats Sylvester and Weezer were getting a little creeped out!! LOL!! I don’t have to let my cats out but they often decide to do the “Kitty Olympics” in the wee hours of the morning usually on a work night when I must get up early the next day! Oh for the Love of our pets!!

  3. narble Says:

    That’s a great story. Ah, dogs.

  4. Prescient dog knew you were about to TRY and sleep.

  5. Roxie Says:

    Oh dogs 🙂 You growl at them, you hug them.
    I’ve really enjoyed this one.

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