National Poetry Month – Day 4

Here’s today prompt.

“[…], write a distance poem. As a runner, I automatically think of running when I think distance. But hey, there’s long distance relationships. Or why not get beyond geographic distance and consider distance in terms of time or emotional distance. Or some other interpretation.”

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There’s a Dog

I assume it’s a large dog
with eyes like coal chunks
and jowels that hang
from his jaw,
old, drab curtains,
funneling globs of saliva 
from his mouth
where they dangle
like slivers of melted silver
before he shakes his head
and they snap here and there
dousing, perhaps, a row of tulips,
yellow and green,
or slapping a plastic garden gnome
as it reclines, resting on its elbow
in a thick grass.

I’ve never seen the dog,
but I’ve heard him
over the hedges,
over the neighboorhood fences.
On quiet nights,
as the sun spreads itself thin
above the hills and the trees
adorn themselves in shadow,
that big dog bellows a deep mourning
like an old, fat blues singer,
a single complaint, a lost love.
One night, his baby left
and she aint been home again.

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7 thoughts on “National Poetry Month – Day 4

  1. 😀 😀 😀
    that big dog, bellows a deep mourning
    like an old, fat blues singer,
    a single complaint, a lost love.
    One night, his baby left
    and she aint been home again.

    THIS is soooo perfect! It sits that dog so well. I was grinnin’ from ear to ear.

    Like

  2. Reblogged this on Impromptu Promptlings and commented:
    I just can’t help myself… I found another gem on S.Thomas Summers’ site. I swear this dog lives in our neighborhood! Just had me giggling by the end of the poem. 😀

    that big dog, bellows a deep mourning
    like an old, fat blues singer,
    a single complaint, a lost love.
    One night, his baby left
    and she aint been home again.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Hi. I read this delightful poem on Impromptu Promptlings and just loved it. I will be sharing this gem on facebook. Such a shame that April is also the A to Z challenge month and I’m strapped for time. I look forward to regular peeks in May. Thank you.

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