And then the water dogs stalked into town.
No short leashes for these snarling, snapping curs
foam bubbling gently from their noses.
They do not wag their tails
and you wouldn’t want them to either,
hard-bitten strays of the Big Muddy,
slippery junkyard pups.
these dogs will have no truck with riverboat jazz
not even a little bit
not even on a warm Friday evening.
Baltimore native Jeffrey Park currently lives in Munich, Germany, where he works at a private secondary school and teaches business English to adults. His latest poems have appeared in Requiem, Deep Tissue, Danse Macabre, Crack the Spine, Right Hand Pointing and elsewhere, and his digital chapbook, Inorganic, has just been published online by White Knuckle Press. Links to all of his published work can be found at www.scribbles-and-dribbles.com.