spring dawg walking – by Suzanne S. Rancourt

some women wear dog leashes loosely on a wrist
their pocketbook dogs waddle behind

some women let their fear lead in broad chested pit bulls
where do people live with big dogs in small places

sparrows dust bathe among white daffodils
6 year olds bring guns to school

did you know when a bullet hits a chest
it’s called a blood blossom

Suzanne Rancourt

Photo by Bill Schaaf

Suzanne S. Rancourt, Abenaki/Huron, Quebecois, Scottish descent, has authored Billboard in the Clouds, NU Press, (Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award,) murmurs at the gate, Unsolicited Press, 2019, Old Stones, New Roads, Main Street Rag Publishing, 2021. Songs of Archilochus, Unsolicited Press, forthcoming October 2023. A USMC and Army Veteran. http://www.expressive-arts.com