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THERE ONCE WAS A DOG IN AN ENCOUNTER GROUP ~ rough draft
by April Halprin Wayland

There once was a dog in an encounter group.

“We love you,” they said over warm green pea soup.

We love that you sing in a musical group

and play with the twins by the basketball hoop.

But Eli, it’s time—here’s a shovel and scoop.

Your mom should have taught you:

go pick up your poop!

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Sometimes you just have to take what spills on the page.  I call these PHPs or Place Holder Poems.
They take the pressure off writing a poem a day.

dog park 4-24-12 (26)

“You make it, you scoop it,” unknown woman teaches the dog park dogs.

 


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