Doses of Freedom

Grendel’s father would be upset

if he knew I walked G without a leash on the sidewalk

near a street

but Grendel doesn’t stray off course

so much as he loves to lag behind in a pre-approved spot

then run to catch up

I have directed him away from broken glass and a car already

he really listens

all G’s father would think

is broken glass!? A car!?

what the hell are you thinking

but he didn’t see the way G dug into that pile of leaves

so gleefully or the squirrels he didn’t chase

before he ran to the door and waited for me

with a big old smile on his face

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