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Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 12:01 am

kid shenanigans #2

kid shenanigans #2

there’s a lotta ugly things to write about
but let’s stick with maybe funny: us sibs
on the farm made our own amusement
here’s grama’s rat terrier again we’d yell
“sic ‘m, bounce!” – outside he’d race in
circles seeking the rat finally in frenzied
frustration he’d rush up a certain tree tear
at its bark again and again inside the big
house we’d whisper “sic ’m, bounce!”
he’d run round and round the dining room
table as we urged him on when he was at
the height of frenzy we’d fling open the
cellar door he’d rush down throw himself
on a certain wooden post ripping splinters
from as high as he could jump (grama
would bellow, “stop teasing that dog!”)
when my own kids were small I led them
on a pilgrimage to the big house cellar
pointed out the very post bounce had
ravaged I’m sorry to say they weren’t
impressed but then they hadn’t been
alive then stirring up their own mayhem

©2018 Jacqueline Jackson

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