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Kibbles

written by: Grant Guy

 

I was talking to my dog last week
I was telling I believed my literary career has come to an end
I told him he would have a better chance to get published then me

He said to me
     That's not true

     Do you want to make a bet
I said

      100 Kibbles
It answered

The next Monday we submitted our poems 
My dog wrote

Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark
Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark
Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark 
Bark Bark Bark Bark 
Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark

Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark
Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark
Bark Bark Bark Bark 
Bark

I wrote

Whitman wrote a short poem from three 
Unrelated snippets of unfinished poems
So why the hell can't I

Creeping To War
Just Because,

Creeping to war is easier 
Than creeping out of love

Just because Mount Everest is there does not mean 
You have to creep to war

Three weeks later we got our responses
His poem will be published in October 
In print even

I received

Thank you for sending us "Creeping". We appreciate the chance to read your work. Unfortunately, the pieces are not for us. Thanks again. Best of luck with this.

     Pay up
I said

He said
     Eat my Kibbles
 
And he dumped on the carpet

Grant Guy

Grant Guy

Grant Guy is a Canadian puppeteer, writer and illustrator. Currently he is the artistic director of the object theatre The Circus of Objects. His poems, stories and illustrations have appeared in over 100 journals and reviews in North America, Europe and Africa. He has five books published, including OPEN FRAGMENTS, and his most recent publication, a children's illustrated book THERE WAS A FARMER'S WIFE. He was the 2004 recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council's Award of Distinction and the 2017 recipient of the Winnipeg Arts Council's Making A Difference Award.
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