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Brian Purdy

(28.09.48 / Belleville, Ontario)

Omnipresence of Pets

Always at our feet
these pets
obtruding their glowing presence.
When we would kiss
a wet nose comes between
to draw attention. When
we would eat, brown eyes
coax tender morsels.
Yet the food of love
in the eyes of pets
is constantly available
& the paw that bats through a table-cloth
the heedless claw that wounds by mistake
leave across our human lives
love scars pure and vivid as our kisses.

Submitted: Saturday, January 14, 2012
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  • Bri Edwards (9/20/2013 3:21:00 PM)

    brian, i only had to look up one word!

    verb: obtrude; 3rd person present: obtrudes; past tense: obtruded; past participle: obtruded; gerund or present participle: obtruding

    become noticeable in an unwelcome or intrusive way.
    a sound from the reception hall obtruded into his thoughts
    impose or force (something) on someone in an intrusive way.
    I felt unable to obtrude my private sorrow upon anyone

    i guess you DIDN'T mean unwelcome, or not exactly unwelcome. i'm not a pet person, but someday i may have to become one when i run out of women willing to marry me. nothing meant by that! thanks for sharing this thoughtful and, i guess, cute poem. the last line is especially nice. bri :) (Report) Reply

  • Martin O'Neill (3/7/2012 5:45:00 PM)

    And on the chair next to you at the table, behind the bathroom door where the hot pipes are close to the floorboards, under the see-saw in the garden waiting for birds.....Yep. I have cats too.
    Close the door and they will come.. (Report) Reply

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