The passenger side was her favorite place,
When Belle pushed the button she always knew,
She’d have the wind, front seat, and a great view,
It takes more than the wind to make her grin,
An open window is just a place for her to begin,
She sees the world as she thinks it should be,
It’s nicer when everyone is happy, don’t you agree?
Belle and I were going shopping one afternoon,
It was one of those beautiful days in late June,
She rode with her head outside to enjoy the air,
The temperature was still rising but she didn’t care,
“Belle,” I said, “dogs aren’t allowed inside the mall,
We’ll get an ice cream cone and then go, that’s all,”
If one food is her favorite it might be ice cream,
I expected Belle to be excited, maybe even scream,
She struggled and fought for me to let her down,
Her expression had changed, now she wore a frown,
The pavement was burning on her little paws,
She was in rescue mode, she had a cause,
She dashed three rows away to a car shut tight,
The car looked empty, no one was in sight,
Belle was insistent, she refused to leave,
She was giving me a message, I chose to believe,
I got closer and much to my surprise,
Children were in there, I saw two sets of eyes,
Their faces were flushed, their condition was poor,
I had no time to think, I tugged at the door,
The door was locked and the children were afraid,
How could I get them out and into the cool shade?
I called 9-1-1 and waited for their parents to show,
Should I break a window? I didn’t quite know,
Belle was running in circles but didn’t go far,
Belle heard a siren and led the firemen to the car,
The children were rescued but Belle wouldn’t go,
She wanted to show me something, what I didn’t know,
One more time I listened to what she was trying to say,
On the floor was a blanket, within it a baby lay,
Before I could call for help a fireman was at my side,
He had seen me follow Belle, his eyes were open wide,
Their procedures were smooth and quickly carried out,
The two recovered quickly, the baby’s life was in doubt,
Belle watched closely and then just walked away,
I could tell by her demeanor the baby would be okay,
“We’d like to take Belle with us,” was one fireman’s remark,
“She had so much to tell us without even one frantic bark,
She was calm in an emergency and she was constantly aware,
A dog that can do so many things is certainly very rare,”
A woman approached, “What have you done to my car?
You’ve broken a window and my house is so far,
My children don’t like the air blowing in their faces,
Somebody has to fix this so we can go places,”
Belle growled at the woman, something was not right,
Belle rarely growled but she was ready to fight,
The children were trying to hide behind me,
I wanted to ask Belle, “What could it be?”
“Don’t worry, ma’am, whenever there’s some doubt,
We call the sheriff and he can work it all out,”
The fireman wanted the kids away from danger,
He was becoming certain this woman was a stranger,
“Come on, kids,” she said as she backed away,
But she ignored the baby who on the ground lay,
Belle blocked her path so she couldn’t escape,
I thought, “All Belle needs is a Superman’s cape,”
Several police cars arrived at nearly the same time,
Apparently the police were working a major crime,
The woman was surrounded and nobody was hurt,
One deputy said, “You must have heard about the Amber alert,”
When all was explained from the finish to the start,
All were convinced that Belle had a big heart,
She’d saved three children from inherent danger,
And helped capture a woman who was a stranger,
Belle doesn’t like all the publicity or strife,
All she wants to do is live a quiet life,
But no matter how sweet life is each day,
She wants to do more than just eat and play,
With all of her quirks and strange whims,
She choose what she wants except for close trims,
She can ride up front with her face in the breeze,
Except when it’s cold and I don’t want to freeze.
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One Sunday as I finished giving Belle her weekly scrub,
Her expression said, “I’m tired of being in the tub,”
She looked shaggy while wet and needing a trim,
And I don’t think she liked her little swim,
As soon as her feet hit the bathroom floor,
Lickety-split she was out the bathroom door,
Vigorously she shook, then gave a final shrug,
She began racing from room to room, then rug to rug,
I pretended to chase her and I really did try,
But her energy seemed endless and she needed to dry,
Like a clock with a spring she finally wound down,
She lay there thinking and didn’t make a sound,
I thought she said, “I’ve been watching the kids go to school,
I’m ready to go, too, it looks pretty cool,”
I drove to school with Belle in the back,
She knew she would have to remain in my backpack,
Even for a teacher dogs weren’t allowed at school,
But Belle looked so happy I was willing to break the rule,
The morning went smoothly, you might say it was a breeze,
Belle took her constitutional after her lunch of mac and cheese,
My lessons were great but they might have been boring,
As the afternoon progressed I heard someone snoring,
If everyone stayed quiet that was okay with me,
But a rascal named Joe had an insatiable curiosity,
He was restless, talkative, and definitely wiggly,
He teased the girls and made them giggly,
He wanted to impress the girls how tough he could be,
It was evident he was ready to challenge me,
Belle could sense that trouble was ready to brew,
So she jumped out of the backpack, she knew what to do,
Joe’s admirers saw Belle and left him behind,
Without an audience he nearly lost his mind,
Joe was ready to fight everybody he could see,
And of course, his target happened to be me,
Belle was aware that Joe didn’t care at all,
That’s when she brought him a soccer ball,
My class went outside for the ultimate game,
Joe and his friends against me and what’s-her-name,
It was hard fought and Joe did his best,
The score was tied close to the end of the contest,
Belle looked at Joe, then gave me a grin,
And sealed their friendship, she let him win,
The principal arrived, “What’s this?” he croaked like a frog,
Joe faced him defiantly, “She’s our therapy dog,”
From then on when I brought Belle to school,
Joe claimed he taught her to read and she wasn’t a fool,
She knew not to argue when she had it so good,
Because Belle, the therapy dog, always understood.
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Good deeds? Yes, I’ve done good deeds,
I’ve had my share of helping others,
But I, Levi, got caught up in my own greed,
As a tax collector I was selected,
I swore to do my best in office,
But my dishonesty was soon detected,
All the good deeds I had ever done,
Were all forgotten by those I served,
And I lost all the trust I had won,
I was required to go before a judge,
I secretly offered a share of my profits,
But the man was honest and wouldn’t budge,
I found out he was afraid of the trouble it might bring,
He suspected officials were on to him,
Trying to snare him with legal strings,
I didn’t need to take an honesty test,
I’d take whatever the Romans gave me,
And of course, I would steal the rest,
Money was always worth fighting for,
Why worry about what the rich were getting,
There would always be the poor,
Because I stole I was always the one to blame,
When I was called to follow Jesus,
Matthew became my new name,
Most of the population still hated me,
They knew I worked for the Romans,
And the Romans were the enemy,
I don’t know why Jesus gave me mercy and grace,
But he said my sins were completely forgiven,
They were gone without a single trace,
But a different world was revealed around me,
And the more He taught, I knew.
She Has to Lead!
The big dogs could have eaten Belle in one mighty gulp,
But she was always fearless and she let them rough her up,
Often she romped happily with her canine friends,
When life is good like that the fun never ends,
To the other dogs her personality was a soothing balm,
This Tibetan bearded lion dog always seemed calm,
Playing with others became part of her daily game,
But Belle would stop her play when she heard me call her name,
Her best friend, though, was Fluffy the cat,
She would chase him and he would take her to the mat,
They wrestled day and night until they went to sleep,
Then they would snuggle together, in a little heap,
On evening before dinner I was watching a show,
An intruder entered, someone I didn’t know,
He carried a gun and I had no time to react,
Belle disappeared for a moment, then I lost track,
The stranger said with derision, “If that Lhasa apso is so wise,
How did I get the jump on you guys?”
He lit a cigarette and leaned against a wall,
“You’re all tied up and there’s no one to help at all,”
He smiled smugly and said, “If you make one sound,
Then you and that worthless dog are going down,”
At first Belle distracted him as she dashed from room to room,
The burglar opened the back door and out the door she zoomed,
“Hey, keep a sharp watch for the men in blue,
If I find you slacking, then I’ll be all over you,”
His two lookouts grunted, “We’re on it, we’ve got the outside,”
The burglar felt he had control so he went back inside,
At top speed Belle raced around corners and bends,
Then silent shapes in the moonlight sped to help her friends,
She led three Dobermans in a blitz the lookouts did not detect,
The lookouts were knocked to the ground, the canines they did respect,
Without a bark between them the big dogs knew what to do,
While the little dog continued onward, leading a motley crew,
Chihuahuas, terriers, bassets, two rottweilers, all were on the run,
Not one dog was willing to miss out on the evening’s fun,
The burglar heard a slew of sounds, from a squeak to a roar,
While he laughed at the sight, a dog slipped through the door,
From the top of a couch Belle found her viewing place,
The burglar took aim and shouted, “Get out of my face!”
When the waiting cat jumped on the burglar’s head,
The burglar shrieked as the cat took care of him instead,
Belle laughed to see such sport as the burglar thrashed around,
And then the rottweilers pounced to make sure he was down,
Later a patrol car pulled up and two policemen got out,
They were met by a small dog that was racing about,
She led them to the place where two men lay on the ground,
One of the policemen said, “Look at what we’ve found,”
“Roll over, and keep your hands behind your back,
These dogs look hungry, I don’t know if we can hold them back,”
One officer stayed while the other followed Belle to the house,
Small dogs were everywhere, but inside it was quiet as a mouse,
The burglar lay on the floor watched by the two rottweilers and the cat,
His face was scratched up and his pants torn where he sat,
“Please officer, I can’t move around and I can’t see,
If I turn just one bit these animals attack me,”
“Take me in and put me in a safe cell,
I have my rights and I know them well,
I’ll sue that man for all he’s done,
He’s the only one here so he has to be the one,”
I laughed, “I’m still tied up, you tied the knots well,
Think about that while you’re in your cell,”
He stared at me oddly but that drew a hiss,
I said, “You’d better be careful glaring like this,”
More officers arrived and put the bad guys in cars,
The burglar was crying because he thought he might have scars,
A detective approached me with a pen in his hand,
“I have questions to ask, there are things I don’t understand,”
“Who got all these dogs involved, and what about the cat?
And how did you do it all tied up like that?”
The three perpetrators are as confused as anyone,
And one more question, who called 9-1-1?”
When the officers left and I was almost alone,
I patted each dog and the cat and hung up the phone,
“Belle, you did well rounding up your friends,
But you had too much fun, so wipe off your grin,”
I gave all the animals treats and sent them all home,
“Come back and visit if you need somewhere to roam,”
Wearily I climbed into bed and turned out the light,
I thought about the events of this interesting night,
Following directions is considered a sign of dogs being smart,
But Belle knowing what to do in an emergency was pure art,
The other dogs might be smarter so I’m teaching her to read,
But already she knows they have to follow and she has to lead.
During the week while I’m writing stories and poems, ideas that I call nuggets of gold pop up. I write them down but rarely share them. Sometimes they work their way into a poem but usually they are wasted. Sometimes the ideas are related but often they’re not. This time I thought I’d share.
Nuggets of Gold
Look for beauty and find it
In your surroundings
It lies there waiting for you.
Solitude and shadows wait
Hidden in my soul
Ready for the right moment.
Sounds and other stimuli
Connect me always
I feel the life force flowing.
Even though I do enjoy life
It overwhelms me
I’m easily distracted.
I used nine lives long ago
Searching in moonlight
It’s good that I’m not a cat.
Continuously write down
Your innermost thoughts
Your heart will know what to do.
I’ve squandered many precious gifts
Giving them away
But they will return someday.
To know, understand, accept,
When it’s applied to oneself.
Family trees can handle stress
Before the sap flows
If connected roots are deep.
Related by kinship lists
We encourage the
Almond eyes and peachy skin
She’s ready for love
My heart is pounding within!
I’ll write my own love story
One line at a time
Breathing life into stale air.
A Macintosh fell kerplunk!
That’s how I became
Acquainted with gravity.
Seeds from Macintosh apples
Can grow apple trees
But not Macintosh apples.
Cannot be traced far
Crab apples are the parents.
Although the day was cold and crisp with cloudless skies,
I ordered a vanilla yogurt and then I sat,
The cashier looked at me with a question in her eyes,
“Would you like some nuts with that?”
She must have thought I was a normal guy,
She waited expectantly while I tried to decide,
“What are my choices?” I asked loud and clear,
I guess I didn’t have to shout with her standing near,
I started giggling and then my laughter turned into a roar,
I couldn’t choose one kind when there were nuts aplenty,
Soon I collapsed with laughter and tumbled to the floor,
“What’s wrong with him?” called one voice out of many,
“I don’t know,” I heard as I was thrown out the door,
How could I explain in a few words or less,
About my family tree and the research I’d done,
How all my late night work had increased my stress,
And even though I said I was having great fun,
There were certain problems I needed to address,
As I scrambled from branch to branch on my family tree,
Expected results were not always found,
Kings and Queens were shown to be unrelated to me,
From the base I started up from the ground,
Until I got to the top of the chart where I could see,
The diverse branches of kin no one knew,
At first they proved to be beyond my reach,
But I would continue until I overturned a stone or two,
And discovered a rowdy pirate like Edward Teach,
Who sailed the seas where strong winds blew,
I hoped that only a few pirates would I find,
Or other nuts that hid between the lines,
Descending through generations almost unseen,
But too many nuts would drive me out of my mind,
Peaches and almonds are on the same family tree,
Closely related although only one is a nut,
That’s crazy and I’m not sure how it came to be,
But it’s a closed case and the door is shut,
It’s a question best left to biology,
I’ve heard the saying and know it’s true,
That a nut doesn’t fall far from the tree,
Think of all the troubles that would surely ensue,
If a few more nuts were related to me,
Because I think I might be related to you.
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“You have a hernia,”
My doctor declared.
“You’re going to have problems,
If you don’t have it repaired.”
On Friday the thirteenth,
My surgery was set.
“Be at the hospital at six.”
It was written so I didn’t forget.
I made arrangements with a neighbor,
To get me there at six precise.
But that early in the morning,
She’d have to sacrifice.
True to her word she was on time,
Though the morning was icy and cold.
“You don’t have to pick me up later.
I have a ride home,” she was told.
Checking in was real easy.
My paperwork was already done.
Yet I was a little tense already.
The thirteenth had just begun.
I got my instructions and undressed.
And slipped on my hospital gown.
It was tied securely but still drafty.
There was no back to be found.
An early shift nurse placed my clothes.
In a bag and in my backpack.
In a locker they were stacked.
Afterwards while I recovered,
I wanted to know when I could leave.
If it was going to be soon,
I wanted my clothes to retrieve.
According to my nurse,
I was recovering very well.
I could leave if I continued progressing,
But only time could really tell.
If the pain had lessened,
And I could finally urinate,
The surgeon said it would be okay,
For the nurse to release me late.
After much discussion,
A nurse said my clothes were found.
It wouldn’t be long before I was gone,
And I’d be homeward bound.
My thoughts were on my friend,
Who had driven from work afar.
She must be cold and anxious,
And tired of waiting in her car.
I passed nurses looking for someone.
That was my humble conclusion.
“Which way did he go?” one nurse asked.
“Over here,” I heard in all the confusion.
I followed, trying to stay out of the way,
But I lost them when I stopped to pee.
The nurses were hunting for someone.
I didn’t realize they were searching for me.
Strange things were definitely going on.
I heard them calling for “Dan”.
“What a coincidence,” I thought.
“I’ll help them if I can.”
Through the halls I wandered.
I was hot on Dan’s trail.
But the nurses couldn’t catch him,
And I was also destined to fail.
However, it was Friday the 13th,
And a full moon rose to boot.
I forgot about the fugitive,
Because it was time to scoot.
Disheveled and carrying my backpack,
A large bloody spot on my shirt,
I saw no one around to question,
“Sir, are you badly hurt?”
My friend eyed me suspiciously,
When I climbed in and asked to go.
“Did you tell anyone you were leaving?
I think they would want to know.”
“Where’s your nurse and your wheelchair?
I’m sure a release you’ll need.
I think they’ll all be concerned,
If the checkout rules you didn’t heed.”
My friend called the nurse in charge,
Trying to make things right.
In a short while the nurse arrived.
She said, “It’s been a long, tiring night.”
My friend helped the nurse whisk me inside,
So I could be officially checked out.
They both seemed a little peeved,
With the full moon out and about.
I said, “It’s been fun.”
And I tried not to sound rude,
Even though Friday the 13th,
Put my nurses in a bad mood.
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