Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cleaning Up After the Dog

This is from today's Writer's Almanac. Made me smile. I don't mean to sound self-righteous, but I don't get people who think because there's snow on the ground they don't have to clean up after their dog. Maybe they are the people who NEVER clean up after their dog and it's just more obvious on top of the snow, but what don't they get about the fact that leaving your dog's mess on the sidewalk is a bad thing?

Cleaning Up After the Dog
by Jason Tandon

Pull plastic bag from pocket
and wave it like a flag

or diploma. Make sure many people
congratulate your care
for the community.

Check bag for holes.
Double check.

Inspect stool for odd hues.
Greens, blues, blood.

Evaluate consistency.

You don't want to leave smears
on the sidewalk or grass—no prints.

Getaway must be clean.

Prepare to go in for all of it.
Hold breath.
Grab, clamp, reverse bag, twist, knot, cinch.

Smell hands.

Hold loaded bag high in the air,
assure onlookers that Everything is Okay.

If a cop should cruise by,
his crew cut bristling
in the sun,

hold that bag higher,
so he, too, can salute
your contribution.

The bomb diffused,
the world a little safer, a little cleaner,

will not offend the deep treads
of someone's shoes.

"Cleaning up after the Dog" by Jason Tandon, from Give Over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt. © Black Lawrence Press, 2009.


Kathleen said...

I know. Isn't it nuts? Do they think the mess will disappear when the snow melts? Yuck.

Pigtown-Design said...

I heard this and wanted to send it to everyone in my neighbourhood who has a dog.