The garbage was full; it needed to go. Old Sam hauled it down to the street.
That night a stray stole scraps away, the hungry dog wanted to eat
Angerly, Sam picked up the strewn trash, the garbage truck already by.
He hauled the can back in a huff to his house, rolling his eyes, he did sigh.
Sam was usually calm in a storm, he never was mad or a griever,
Angry at life, he shouted out loud, cursing that golden retriever.
A week went by, he reset the can, securing the lid very tight.
Without any warning, again the next morning, the trash was tipped, overnight.
Sam sputtered and spied. He was fit to be tied, kicking the side of the can.
The crime was repeated; that’s all he needed the silly dog conquered the man.
He whistled and called, the dog reappeared, sheepishly offered a grin.
Old Sam gave up, he opened the door, inviting the homeless dog in.
NOV 2019 / NOV 2022 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
Dawn DeBraal lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, Red, two rescue dogs, and a stray cat. She has published over 550 drabbles, short stories, and poems in online ezines and anthologies, including Spillwords, Black Hare Press, Black Ink Fiction, Blood Song Books, Zimbel House Publishing, Terror House Magazine, CafeLit UK, Potato Soup Journal, Impspired Magazine, Commuter Lit, The World of Myth, Valiant Scribe, Wicked Shadow Press, Unsettling Reads, and many more. She co-wrote a novel under the pen name of Garrison McKnight, nominated for 2019 Pushcart Award by Falling Star Magazine, Mystery Category winner, 2021 SOOP contest, and runner-up in 2022 Horror Short Story Contest.