Y’ know, they say puppies are like dreams.
They’re both a little pathetic and a little annoying
cause they’re always nipping at your heels.
They can grow to be big
with nurture and careful nudging.
They can grow to complete fruition.
Or they can stay stunted and cute and nagging
for care, barking and gnawing at your ankles.
It doesn’t take much: an empty bowel, or two or four,
too many days spent nestled inside,
always waiting for a “better time.”
Sometimes, they die or disappear, and that’s it.
No more. All she wrote. Sayonara.
Yes. A puppy is just like a dream:
Stroke too much and you might crush it.