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by April Halprin Wayland

If you were a dog,
if you were asleep

the trail of your tail
like a broom’s mighty sweep

if your big goofy paws
were seen racing on air

chasing rascally cats
whose claws clicked on the stairs

if your eyes were shut

if you howled

if your rump gave a wiggle
and I choked back a giggle

if I put it on YouTube
would you be embarrassed

if puppies with laptops
could see you in Paris?

published in POETRY TAG TIME by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong (2011)
note: I changed the second stanza for this blog post–trust me, it’s a far better poem now!
why I am able to get some work done today


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