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Puppy breath lullaby

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jbowie
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0 posted 03-13-2000 10:32 PM       View Profile for jbowie   Email jbowie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for jbowie


Two a.m. and my eyes waver between open
and shut, as it seems my twisted sheets have
conspired to remodel my bed into enemy
territory where sleep scampers about trying
to avood the crosshairs of the sniper insomnia

It is at these times that my mind billows forth
all it contains, like a child at a slumber party
who vehemently refuses to sleep, mumbling
softly to the other children who all conspire to
remain awake against the wishes of tired parents

I roll slowly from my bed, wincing as my bare
feet touch the cold surface of rough-hewn pine
floors, standing and streching I shake off the
age that creeps into my bones during the night
as I shuffle step lightly toward the window

The old bullseyed glass windowpanes stand
thickly laden with crystalline patterned frost
that I brush away with the tattered sleeve of my
bathrobe, and peer querulously out into my yard
observing the face of a long dark night

The chalk white moon rests it's weary head over the
rambling uneven pines, casting a ghostlike light
over my glittering snowscaped lawn which no longer
shows my neglect and inept ability of pushing the
mower under a burning late august sun

Headlights from late night travelers pass slowly
in the distance, occasionally passing between
the snow caked trunks of the pine trees that
mark the line between my tiny country home, and
the pressing worries of the world beyond

As I think again in silence, with furrowed brows
I hear movement as my new puppy Charlie stretches
and wanders towards me with a soft click clack
of his claws on the pine floor, looking ponderously
at me, wondering if he too should be awake

I reach down and pat his head, leaning close
enough to smell his milky breath, as I smile
and ask him if he would like to go out, getting
the response of several wet licks as he wags
his whole body while running downstairs

I walk down the stairs with each step seeming to
lighten my worries, Charlie wines while I open
the door and we both race outside, ignoring the
cold of the night, while he runs about fetching
a stick pulled from a hiding place in the snow

Again in my room, I settle Charlie down at my feet
listening as he curls up and quickly falls to sleep
while I also grow peacefully tired, relieved
of all my great worries and stress as I listen
to his breath pass, in a slow soft lullaby

 A real man
kisses his children goodnight
© Copyright 2000 James Bowie - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 03-13-2000 10:46 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

James~
With images like this to be viewed ... I'd welcome insomnia.

Quietly serene ... and the puppy did the
trick of capturing my heart all the way.
Wonderful, my friend.
~*Marge*~


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o yuh i have the insomnia...i have no problems when the baby cries at night i just go comfort him and as he relaxes i too grow sleepy...nice poem very nice
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3 posted 03-13-2000 11:09 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

James this is wonderful! WOW!! Great imagery! I could picture the whole scene in my mind. You are a truly gifted writer! The little puppy was the perfect touch too!!

Denise
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4 posted 03-13-2000 11:16 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Excellent writing, James. You made the scenes very visible and real.
Marina
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5 posted 03-14-2000 01:17 AM       View Profile for Marina   Email Marina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marina

I can relate to this one! I have two dogs of my own they are a blessing, at least most days.  I can't tell you how many sleepless nights I walked the floor only to be followed by two wagging tails wondering what's going on. A great poem, I truly enjoyed it.

Marina
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6 posted 03-14-2000 09:05 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

James, this is nearly enough to make me want to run out and get a new puppy....
Cerenity
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7 posted 03-14-2000 07:50 PM       View Profile for Cerenity   Email Cerenity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerenity

Hi James,

Thank you for the wonderful trip to your house sounds beautiful. I have two VERY BIG parrots so a puppy would be a snack for them so can't have other animals but your poem is enough to enjoy a pup.

Cerenity
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Wonderfully written and an added bonus for a fellow dog lover.  Thanks.

LBL
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9 posted 03-14-2000 08:26 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Loved this...being the "mom" of a new puppy myself...enjoyed the view into your puppy night...and the poem.
jbowie
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10 posted 03-14-2000 11:02 PM       View Profile for jbowie   Email jbowie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jbowie

thank all of you for the replies
did anyone get the feeling this was written by an older man? Gotta love the puppy stuff!!
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11 posted 03-15-2000 09:23 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I definitely empathized with that age creeping into your bones during the night! LOL. This is wonderful... a delightful read!
 
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