The Little Dog



The little dog stands alert
looking for something to bark at.
Most of the time there’s nothing
and he is disappointed.

Looking for something to bark at
takes concentration and grit,
and he is disappointed
if he goes in without uttering a sound.

Taking concentration and grit,
he plans for the next time he goes out.
If he goes in without uttering a sound,
there is nothing to be rewarded for.

He plans for the next time he goes out.
Most of the time there’s nothing.
There is nothing to be rewarded for.
The little dog stands alert.

© Julianne Carlile


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