Sleeping Dog

That shaggy old mutt napping in
a doorway looks
harmless enough. Sun-drenched,
carpeting the entry,
the bark’s been baked out of him.

Even in his prime, he failed to
strike fear into
the cagey hearts of trespassers.
Communicating mostly
with eyes and a wagging tail,
he has always
seemed more a welcome mat.

He is not one to hastily judge.
Even so, take care,
sleeping dogs can be deceptive.

Steeping in the pungent motor-
cade of passing feet,
he dreams that today might be
the day he wakes
to chase down a passing bus.
See how his leg
twitches at the possibility of it.


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