Tiny old dog
Dashed under the bumper of my van
Escaping to safety against all odds.
I run into the open garage where I saw the terrier run…
“Hello” I call,
Two women knock on the door,
They know the dog lives here…
A man emerges
Having already let the dog inside…
“I almost hit your dog!”
“He never leaves the yard.”
“He did, he ran under my car”
“He never leaves the yard”
“I almost hit him!, please don’t let him out alone”
“I will. I’ll keep letting him out!”
The door slams shut.
Was￼ I more upset that the dog might die,
Or that I might have killed him?
We were right next to an elementary school…
What if the witnesses were children
Or if they were passengers in the fatal car?
Don’t let your dogs out unattended.
Pay attention to present truth
Not past stories.
Our responsibilities have ripples in the holy waters of life.