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Sometimes a Good Dog Sits in the Sun and is Still


Sometimes a good dog sits in the sun and is still.

A chipmunk runs from one secure location to another –
the squirrels go about their business –
the German Shepherd barks, beyond the fence –

while the good dog sits in the sun
by the redbud tree
and is still.

The roses wither –

the leaves hang on for dear life, green –
the ones that haven’t given up the ghost already –

and a good dog is still.

But then the good dog is off to the races because
it isn’t good to be still too long.

There are chipmunks to be chased
and squirrels to be harassed
and German Shepherds to be dealt with.

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Looking for something great to watch? Try “Stranger Things”. It will take you back to the future (1980s style).


  1. I love the images you capture in your poetry!

  2. Thanks for sharing your lovely observations, Jennifer. Enjoyed.

  3. Brings back memories of our bird dogs in the backyard.
    I enjoy so much your thoughts on paper. You are very talented.

  4. Reminds me of Thich Nhat Hanh’s “aimlessness practice”: “Aimlessness does not mean doing nothing. It means not putting something in front of you to chase after. When we remove the objects of our craving and desires, we discover that happiness and freedom are available to us right here in the present moment . . . . [I]t is difficult to stop and encounter life deeply in the present moment. Learning to stop may sound easy, but in fact it takes training.” On the other hand, Lemmy said that “the chase is better than the catch.”

  5. Beautifully written! Reminds me so much of my dogs, and occasionally me

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