Puppy Shoots Florida Man, Deputies Say
As if malice aforethought
could be a thought for a dog
or any thought beyond
the present moment and a loyal
tug at the leash, a wagged hello,
or the jump-spin-catch of a Frisbee.
When this shepherd puppy mix found
himself in his owner’s arms that grasped
a .38-caliber revolver, how do we know
the pup didn’t think the action
was some kind of play—
that he placed his paw on the trigger—
shot his master in the wrist,
saved himself and three others,
although too late for the three already
in shallow graves, because the man said
he couldn’t find a home
for his five-month-old mongrels?
How could we know
a dog can be so well-intentioned?
Terri McCord has won awards from the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Kennesaw Review, and the Poetry Society of South Carolina, and others. Her work is included in many anthologies as well as chapbooks and a full-length manuscript. Poems have been nominated for a Best of the Net and a Pushcart. She also likes to draw and paint.