POETRY FORMAT, 6 Jan 2014
Instead of going to Baghdad
I strolled four blocks
to a convenient anti-war demonstration
with my dachshund, Ernie.
Honking cars, candles, posters, drumming, chants…
and other dogs,
most with scant understanding
of what’s at stake.
Much sniffing, but no fighting,
even though the breeds varied widely.
Several small children petted Ernie,
and no bombs fell on us.
I passed out my leaflets
and collected a dozen
which I read dutifully.
One group wants to abolish Western civilization–
I thought we already did that.
As instructed, tomorrow I’ll call the President
and, since words fail me these days,
Ernie and I will just howl at him.
Tom Greening: “I engage in five professional activities:
Faculty Member at Saybrook University
Private Practice of Psychotherapy
Clinical Professor of Psychology, UCLA
International Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology
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