The Birds Mock Me, But Harry Loves Me

Wandering madness catches me briefly
after I skip exercise, after I stress over
my lack of discipline, and the birds come around,

they mock me, but it’s not personal,
and the pigeons vibrate detestably, so I
send Harry through the sliding glass door, and

while he smiles, he makes a lazy but quick lunge
at the pigeons, causing me to wonder whether they
can take off quickly enough, but they plod like

C-130s and off they go, and I wonder, where do
they go with such sloppy bodies. My enjoyment
of Harry’s antics, his smiles and circling tail, his

wiggly glances, sideways, quizzing my sleepy stare,
my enjoyment chugs uphill, fights my shame,
and I stay right here with Harry,
for a moment.


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  1. #1 by clinock on February 23, 2013 - 2:26 am

    Pigeons are detestably vibrating angels and employ dubious strategies…

    • #2 by Carl on March 5, 2013 - 3:20 pm

      I need some dubious strategies!

  2. #3 by Anne on February 23, 2013 - 2:47 am

    We all need to be more like cats at times. Loved this 🙂

    • #4 by Carl on March 5, 2013 - 3:21 pm

      Thank you for your visit and your comment, Anne!

  3. #5 by Val on February 26, 2013 - 11:00 am

    I like pigeons, on occasion, but I like the image of Harry more in this poem. 🙂

    • #6 by Carl on March 5, 2013 - 3:23 pm

      Harry happens to be a master of life. Thank you for your comment!

  4. #7 by claudia on March 2, 2013 - 10:59 am

    smiles..harry sounds like a good friend… i had a dog once who was such a friend..fighting the pigeons for me…happy saturday carl

    • #8 by Carl on March 5, 2013 - 3:26 pm

      Thank you, Claudia! You’re very kind to visit and to comment!

  5. #9 by Find an Outlet on March 16, 2013 - 2:08 am

    I bet Harry just does that to make you laugh. Staring down the Denied stamp at every turn, the dogs…the absurd loving needy treacherous knowing dogs are both my burden and my stimulus to persist. Sweet poem, and good that you wrote it down. I have nothing against pigeons but I haven’t been mocked by a Columbiforme, so far.

    • #10 by Carl on March 18, 2013 - 10:32 pm

      I’m so lucky to have you visit and comment. You know Harry. Harry teases me, but I would never tease him. Burden and stimulus – I like that.

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