Ten in the morning
Right on time
At the express bus stop
Pigeons cared nothing
About human punctuality
Head-bobbed, with slouched
Groucho Marx silly walks
Around trash cans, benches
Alerted to handouts, shoo-offs
Crafty crows, cawed their disdain
Enterprising crow shook out
Corn chip feast from half-eaten bag
Somewhere way off Broadway
Brown eyes pleaded. My two dogs wanted belly rubs–made it impossible to write.
Sometimes pet owners, sports enthusiasts, assume others have the same passions, as they do. That’s wrong and causes resentment.
Dog hair accumulates everywhere. The vacuum cleaner does double duty. Wet dog smells can be unpleasant.
It was a conscious choice to adopt them. Along with that came responsibilities of proper care and attention.
I’m introverted and these two make me happy. They help me navigate through a sometimes strange, uncaring world.
Who greets you at the door? Who wakes you up in the morning? Perhaps it’s only for treats? I don’t care.
If I wanted to feel unappreciated–I’d go back to work. I’m retired–it’s not going to happen.
Being at the St. Louis Zoo butterfly house, yesterday, July 25th, reminded me of the post that follows. Some twenty years since my last visit, much had changed. The exhibits were modernized, animals displayed in more natural habitats.
It was crowded, on a very hot, humid day. Many of the animals couldn’t be seen–because they were holed up in cool shade somewhere. They were smarter than most of the human gawkers.
The zoo wasn’t as much fun for me this time as when accompanied by young children and grandchildren. I appreciate creature comforts more and don’t walk as fast. However, there’s hope for the future, from the number of families observed in the park. And, the St. Louis Zoo still doesn’t charge admission.
I know those
Two wet noses
With tales to tell
When they want something
A treat–or to be petted
Makes it difficult to write
For the crafty
On the move
–Image, D. Williams, http://www.wkrg.com/
“Turtle, being brushed, with toothbrush. Toothbrush, large in comparison.”
—Image/Gulf Coast Zoo, Alabama—
What Miss Molly wants
Miss Molly gets
Perhaps, her getup
Is a bit, too garish?
A bit, too jubilant?
Go ahead, stop and stare
Miss Molly, doesn’t care
What, people think
About her getup
Her attire, her underwear