"A Dog’s Breath"
A hectic day
a Retreat into four walls of sanctuary
The effort of presentation
of professionalism, of being evaluated
And On the lowest rung
Burned like a premeditative strike.
Was I so horribly misunderstood?
Deflated balloons, once bright and buoyant now
Burst, flatulent and dispersed
There I sat
Fingertips on the keyboard, confidence compromised
In the office falsetto
And Caught the sound with closed eyes
In-out, in-out, in-out
A partner in rhythm
Lying by my side.
Ann Chiappetta M.S. author and poet. Making meaningful connections with others through writing.
Ann’s nonfiction essays have been printed in Dialogue magazine, among others. Her poems are often featured in Poesis, The Pangolin Review, and Magnets and Ladders. Her poetry is also included in Breath and Shadow’s 2016 debut anthology, Dozen: The Best of Breath and Shadow. Her books, a poetry collection, UPWELLING: POEMS C 2016, memoir, FOLLOW YOUR DOG A STORY OF LOVE AND TRUST C 2017, and WORDS OF LIFE: POEMS AND ESSAYS C 2019 are available in both e book and print formats from DLDBooks. Be sure to also check out Ann's blog and personal website!