Her vitriol is shocking

like the unfounded kick

to fat puppy

though He reacts in

teeth gnash

rabid snarl

the mean passion

of that same

fat puppy reared

on a diet of

no love and

meager bones.


Like me,


He has pissed

on the Persian rug,

shit on the carpet,

and chewed

something worth

raising Her voice.


But when She calls He

still comes running,


the calm dog who

needs a particular touch.


Tyrel Kessinger



Tyrel lives, eats and breathes Kentucky air and work in Louisville as a Braille transcriber. He is the recent recipient of the 2011 Literary Louisville LEO award and his work has been published in the LEO magazine.

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