Exercise Yard

The Shepherd scrapes
the aluminum bowl on the concrete with her nose,

a toy when it becomes empty. All night
I hear her toss the aluminum bowl.

She gets thinner inside her cubicle of wire
each time I walk down the wooden stairs

to the back yard, she barks a thin noise
while another brown dog runs outside.

Sometimes I pitch doggie bones
over the fence. They plunk against her grate.

Sometimes the brown dog pushes her snout
through the wire. It doesn’t help.

The Shepherd wags her tail.
She wants to know when it will be her turn to run.



About Lenore Weiss

Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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