Pearls before Swine (Poem-A-Day 3)

For today’s prompt, write a message poem. Messages can be delivered in a variety of ways: postcard, e-mail, text message, letter in a bottle, smoke signals, secret codes, jumbotron proposals, etc. Also, messages themselves can be simple, complicated, nice, mean, happy, sad, and so on. Get at it!

Pearls before Swine

He pees on the tree
after intent sniffing
around the trunk.

Could there be content
in a dog’s marking beyond
“I was here” ?

(Is the content of my poems
really any different?)

Could he be composing
symphonies of scent,
odes of odor,
masterpieces of poop?

I do not rush him along,
as I wish not to be rushed
in a well-lit art museum.
Let me savor the brush strokes
and delicate composition
of the great masters.

But I must admit,
no Renoir or Van Gogh
ever gave me as much joy
as a puppy rolling
in something stinky.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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