While Daisy and Pixie are Playing

Despair sits on the pink leather
in my nose and tickles
the back of my throat
while Harry-The-Dog
lounges upside-down
in the pea-green leather sofa,
and Buddy-The-Dog
crawls like a snail,
sideways, lurching forward like a turtle
in a bath of surreal Blue Jay feathers.

And Buddy-The-Dog announced,
“My leg hurts.
Does that…
make sense?”
I said, “Of course it does;
you’re speaking English,”
and Harry-The-Dog moaned
over the difficulties of life –
A real moan like from a bear
who cares never to be disturbed.

I want to accept Despair’s
desperate, nerve-wracking
toggles with her fountain pen,
and I tell her, “You’re just a story;
you are not who I am,”
and Buddy-The-Dog,
he wags his tail vigorously,
and Harry-The-Dog asks me to scrub
the persistent baby snot off my face.

Gracie-The-Dog is the queen
of serenity, and she sleeps through
all of the commotion
caused by Despair’s ruthless burglary
while Daisy-The-Dog and Pixie-The-Dog
wrestle in turmoil through the guest room,
hopelessly heedless of the terrible
Storm that surfs, close-by to the North.

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  1. #1 by Find an Outlet on February 1, 2012 - 12:35 am

    You’re going to make me cry. I cry whenever ‘dogs’ and ‘despair’ are used in the same sentence. Listen to Harry, then go back and read your December 31 post. It doesn’t have to change your poetry, but maybe add a shred of hope, no matter how gossamer, at the end so it won’t make this distant girl far away from you so sad. See, I can dish it out but can’t take it.

    And Daisy and Pixie are hopefully heedless, I hope, instead of hopelessly…be well. Please.

    • #2 by Carl on February 3, 2012 - 9:12 pm

      Thank you for your comment. You know – the dogs save me every day.

  2. #3 by Carl D'Agostino on February 1, 2012 - 6:53 am

    If despair likes pink leather, oughtta be easy to boot away.

    • #4 by Carl on February 3, 2012 - 9:13 pm

      She is a sneaky tart.

  3. #5 by kolembo on February 6, 2012 - 12:36 pm

    Oh look! Fantastic!

    Animate them, why don’t you – ‘…and Harry-The-Dog moaned over the difficulties of life…’

    Hilarious, spinning, winding, mixing, fun.

    Good stuff. Clever.

    • #6 by Carl on February 8, 2012 - 8:50 pm

      Very good to see you, my friend, and thank you so much for your comment.

  4. #7 by siubhan on February 28, 2012 - 9:43 am

    whimsical and dark, all at the same time. most impressive.

    • #8 by Carl on February 29, 2012 - 9:54 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. They mean a great deal!

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