Piper’s Big Eye

img_4241Coffee grounds, banana peels
white, congealed, ground-beef grease,
scraps of moldy bread crust and
the disgarded remains of Mr. Spot’s hot wings, “hot”
with limp celery and blue cheese dressing untouched
heaped in a bowl
so-called recyclables
waiting to be devoured…

Paws fully extended,
lying flat agains the cold concrete
chain pulled taut against the fuchsia nylon collar
encircling a neatly groomed neck.
Strip o’bacon tongue outstretched
straining,
straining, yet not quite
reaching,
eyes bulging,
yearning for a dog’s delight.

-s.a.d. 4/17/1995

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