a little dog
a little dog
gets pushed around
pushed around
gets up, mouth wide
ears up and down
tongue extended
head cocked
jumps around
he jumps around
jumps on legs
that push
that push
kick him away
voices scream
voices that say
to sit, to stay
all he wants
is to play
but soon it all
will be okay
he won’t be a puppy
some day.

-m.p. 11/18/2016