Joan Dobbie

Canine Distancing

Whenever we meet on the street
you cross to one side
and I cross to the other,
both of us nervously smiling
through our stylish
flower masks,
or waving, a little shyly,
with our purple nurse’s gloves
from the ends
of their short nylon leashes
our spiky little terriers snarl
and growl at each other, knowing
something’s up.


Joan Dobbie co-hosts (on ZOOM) the River Road Reading Series and loves when you purchase her The Language of Stone (2019) or her earlier Woodstock Baby, A Novel in Poetry (2013), both available on Amazon.