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  • Writer's pictureDenny Balish


Waking to her urgings

I stumble to the kitchen to

Retrieve her harness

Inserting right foot, then left foot

Tighten snuggly

I open the door and enter dawn

Walking with the rising light and

Sounds of joyous sniffing

An image I saw last night stirs

Of a beached whale

Dead with a belly full of plastic

A life spent too soon

Caused by careless humans

Who do not see the violence

They create with a discarded

Cup, bottle, cap

I stop to pick up poop

With a plastic bag that

I do not know

What to do with now

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