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Homeless Dog


Homeless Dog

I knew the dog under the tarp

was hungry, perhaps famished

And I watched the man in the folding chair

Drop the meat from the tv dinner wrapped in bread

At his feet.

Its like that out here the man says pointing outside

To the streetlamps

And the hotel with the broken neon sign

across the parking lot

Makes noises

sometimes door opening or closing

and the sounds of someone

Signing to the

Billboard that has been faded over

And decorated by the vandals

From the bankrupt art school.

He tells us about the time they moved in

Carrying notebooks and batons

two days before they came in with the bulldozers.

She has no problem talking about her life as an entertainer

About how at fifteen she stole bleach once from

The gas station

To cleanse the public toilets

Before she cleansed herself.

I was here once she said to the man

Sitting in the folding chair

Underneath the tarp

With the hungry dog

And the famished neon hotel sign

That reads


© 2020 Fin


Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on November 16, 2020:

Yes it's a heart breaking scenery in your beautiful words.

Fin (author) from Barstow on November 15, 2020:

yes. I had another piece which I misplaced about how she and i went about trying to make connections. i wish i could find it.

Fin (author) from Barstow on November 15, 2020:

yes. I see it every day more and more....i am saddened

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 15, 2020:

Wonderful words to describe this poor soul with his dog.

I like the ending where she was there once.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 15, 2020:

No one in our country should be homeless. It breaks my heart. A well-expressed piece of poetry. Good for you for addressing this problem.

manatita44 from london on November 15, 2020:

Great!! Awesome!!

Fin (author) from Barstow on November 15, 2020:

a book manatitta....yes on the way. thanks for the feedback.

Fin (author) from Barstow on November 15, 2020:

yes. that is one of my points. It is terrible to see these disparities

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 15, 2020:

It is a sad plight that people and their pets endure when being homeless. The fact of there being so many in a wealthy nation such as ours is a disgrace!

manatita44 from london on November 15, 2020:

Your style is lovely!

Write a book if you haven't. Peace.

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