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poetry by j matthew waters

hey mister can I pet your dog


he is the one from down the street
the one everyone seems to be afraid of
the one without teeth
barking at bare legs and packages
and pissing on anything plastic

he doesn’t know where you’ve been
but if you open up your window for a second
he’ll figure it all out
and on the next go round he’ll zero right in
better than any old bloodhound


august two thousand sixteen
copyright j matthew waters
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4 thoughts on “hey mister can I pet your dog

  1. I know this guy! In my neighborhood, his name is Pepper!

  2. I think he can smell fear.

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