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Miss Prissy's Perfect Frozen Front Lawn
Jana Kalina

If only she knew
what our dogs got up to
meandering about
her pristine frozen front lawn
during ‘last call.’ In the morning,
with her three busy-body cats about,
we, on the other side of the street,
comply full well 
with Miss Prissy’s stiff-upper-lip, 
un-neighbourly code of conduct.
But at night
when all concerned are tucked in 
on occasion
our dogs have been known to visit
her precious frozen front lawn—
so conveniently located. Now, 
there’s no need for scorn
long before dawn
all evidence
has been whisked away — not a trace, 
no single blade out of place
on the defrosting, perfect 
sun-kissed front lawn.

© by Jana Kalina.
Used with the author’s permission.


Jana Kalina lives with her husband on Vancouver Island. During her lifetime, she has lived extensively on three of the planet's seven continents and, today, her pursuits can be distilled down to three things: Buddhism, bonsai cultivation and, of course, poetry--especially haiku.


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I love the sneakiness of the message as well as the idea that "what one does not know does not harm her."
Posted 01/05/2014 04:42 PM
A universal experience for us who own wandering doggies. Well put.
Posted 01/05/2014 06:12 AM

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