Danger short poem

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water dripping from a yellow dog’s jaw
that sweet guileless face tongue lolling
tired from lapping at the polished bowl
but still ready to swab an incautious face
anxious to please prepared to dart erect
sending my daughter five feet back
negating the blankness in those canine eyes
her own clenching just as her fists come up
pivoting her tender innards away exposing
the ladderwork of her third grade ribs
we hustle her away from the offending innocent
another chance for friendship denied
another source of comfort closed off
there are things in the world that will kill you
she tells us this and we can’t deny it’s true

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a poet from Seattle Washington USA. His poetry has appeared in print in publications such as Bellowing Ark, Point Nopoint, and most recently in Contraposition magazine. When not writing poetry he is a Human Resources professional, a repentant glutton, and a novelist specializing in the weird-fiction genre.
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