Mark Tulin is an author, poet, and short-story writer who lives by the avaricious central coast.
The Challenges of Being a Dog in a Basket
I love looking at dogs in bicycle or motorcycle baskets. They are so adorable, going along for a ride with their owner, strapped into the basket like a little package, enjoying the fresh air and the thrill and adventure of not knowing where they're going.
But when the bike stops and there is no movement or owner, the dog looks so bewildered and vulnerable. It is then that people want to take pictures or come closer. The dog is thus met with a challenge. Do I act friendly and possibly risk annoying my owner? Or do I hold firm, practice good owner-canine loyalty and bark at approaching strangers?
I'm afraid that these are the things that I think about between moments when I'm writing poetry and gazing out into the wilderness of life.
The Dog in a Basket Poem
The dog in a motorcycle basket
repeats to himself,
“I must be with my owner
wherever she goes.
I can never be left at home by myself
under any circumstances.
I will wait for her patiently
however long she takes
and will not talk to strangers
no matter if they lure me with treats.”
As the dog waits for his owner
outside the bookstore she often frequents,
he notices a throng of people who gather,
treacherously smiling, poking at him
with smelly finger pads and hairy forearms.
“How cute you are, little doggie,” they say.
“What a pretty little face,”
and they attempt to pet his fluffy coat
and tickle his warm underbelly.
The dog becomes furious,
barks and bares his pointed teeth,
makes like a pit or a mastiff and growls
“Back off wise guy! Move aside, sister!
Don’t come any closer, kid
or that Milk Bone you’re holding
will be minced meat!”
The dog won’t be fooled or tricked.
His owner will be back soon, he hopes,
and she won’t be happy by the coven of dog lovers
who linger and fawn.
‘Cause he’s a one-woman dog
and a one-woman dog is who he be!
The Dog in the Basket Poem
Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 15, 2020:
Thank you for the wonderful comment, Diane.
Diane Denison from Cincinnati Ohio on March 15, 2020:
Sharing Mark~ You have such a sense of poetic humor. Your writing is very unique
Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on July 26, 2019:
Thank you, Patricia. Our dogs are equally connected with us. I think that’s why we love them so much.
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 26, 2019:
Those little pups in the basket are so protective of those whom they own. I do think they speak exactly as you say---just sometimes we do not hear. Angels once again on the way ps
Asad Dillz Khan from United Kingdom on June 28, 2019:
Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on June 27, 2019:
Thank you, Asad.
Asad Dillz Khan from United Kingdom on June 27, 2019:
A wonderful and amazing poem Mark! You express and paint your poem very well! Excellent Job!
Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 23, 2019:
Me too, Tamara. We need more silly dogs and laughter in the world.
BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on March 23, 2019:
Mark, I have seen a dog, complete with goggles, in a motorcycle basket in my area and it is quite a site! I love dogs, and I enjoy laughing. Thank you!
Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 09, 2019:
Love is an amazing dog name, Tim. If any living creature could live up to that name, it’s a dog. And he loves fruit as well. Gosh. Give my love to Love.
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on March 09, 2019:
Just another visit, Mark. Many smiles as I watched one of our dogs stick its little head in our vegetable basket. My dog, Love, is a fruit craving tyrant. I laughed and came back to this poem today because of her.
Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 08, 2019:
Thank you, Nell. Cute dogs are one of life’s little joys.
Nell Rose from England on March 08, 2019:
I love it! its not something I would have thought about, but now I will always think of your poem when I see a dog in a basket.
Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 07, 2019:
Thank you, Tamara. Thor sounds awfully cute.
Thumbs up sounds like a good idea, Flourish. A peace sign might also work.
FlourishAnyway from USA on March 07, 2019:
Although I don't have dogs myself, the next time I see a dog in a basket I'll just nod at him or give him a thumbs up. Wouldn't want to create a quandary in his little canine heart.
BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on March 07, 2019:
Definitely a sweet poem, all together. ♥️ I have many canine friends, myself. My favorite is an English Bulldog named, Thor. This post is truly a delight!
Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 01, 2019:
So true, Dana. I feel my spouse is loyal and faithful but I’d like to find it in a friend and to be that way myself. I think that’s why people love dogs so much. It’s rare to find the same traits in humans.
Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on March 01, 2019:
This was so cute. I love that you gave the dog a voice and we were able to see life through his eyes. Dogs are affectionate and very loyal to their owner. The saying that- a dog is a man'/woman best friend- is true. I would love to have a friend or, spose for that matter with that kind of faithfulness.
Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on February 28, 2019:
Tim, I miss my chihuahua, Poppy. He used to sit on my lap as I drove. I would have loved to put him in a little basket, strapped him in tight, and put a pair of sunglasses on him to make him look super cool.
Rinita, I’m not crazy about mushy poems, either. Mushy doesn’t go with humor very well.
Rinita Sen on February 28, 2019:
Fun read, nicely done from the dog's perspective. I love how the tone is not too mushy, but intentionally humorous. Love it!
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 28, 2019:
I like this poem, Mark. I imagined watching that little dog. It's funny to think about. I have three little dogs who love to ride in the car and stick their tiny heads out the window and sniff. I couldn't help but laugh because that dog in a basket sounds like my little Amour. Great work as always.
To a master poet, , deepest respect,
Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on February 28, 2019:
Thank you, John. And I’m sorry you’re down to only one dog. I’ve never had more than one dog at a time. It must have been really something to have five.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 27, 2019:
Well, I am a dog lover, having had up to five dogs at one time. Now sadly I only have one old dog (two others passed away in the last 12 months.) Yes, I think you described the loyal dog's quandary very well.
I enjoyed this poem, Mark.
Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on February 27, 2019:
Thanks, Maya. It's hard not to think of animals with anything but compassion and understanding. They're so amazing.
Thanks, Gypsy Rose Lee. I'm glad it warmed your heart. I know you have warmed a few hearts with your poetry as well.
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on February 27, 2019:
A wonderful and heartwarming poem.
Maya Ellenson from Hobe Sound, Florida on February 27, 2019:
Very kind, moving and a heart-opening poem, Mark! It sparks in us our better versions as we tap into a mode of compassion and understanding in relationships with animals.