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Puppy Whimpers

Puppy Whimpers

written by: James Dennis Casey IV

@LouisianaJames

 

Little Billy’s mother
always told him
to never go down
into the basement.

He always wondered why,
because it sounded like she
had a puppy down there.

One day,
curiosity got the better
of little Billy,
and he decided to sneak a peek
while his mother
was busy
in the kitchen.

Slowly, he descended the staircase,
following the sound
of the puppy-like
whimpers.

But, just as he’d reached the bottom,
his mother
snatched him by the shirt collar
and dragged him back upstairs.

She hollered at him
until he cried,
then gave him a cookie
to console his tears.

Needless to say,
Billy never went down
into the basement again.

He also never asked
who the man was
chained to the wall. . .

or why
his hands and feet
had been sawed off.

James Dennis Casey IV

James Dennis Casey IV

James D. Casey IV is an artist, author of seven poetry collections, and founder/editor-in-chief of Cajun Mutt Press. His work has been published in print and online by several small press venues and literary magazines internationally. La Voce dei Poeti, La Catena della Pace international poetry contest gave "Warriors of the Rainbow" by J.D.C.IV a critic's choice award in 2016, and his poem "That'll do Pig" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by New Pop Lit in 2019. James was born in Colorado, grew up in Louisiana/Mississippi, and currently resides in Illinois.
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