Stung



I was sitting by the window of my little bungalow
when I heard the garden gate being opened down below.
To my horror what I saw was a filthy-looking man
with a stained and tattered raincoat and a Gypsy Traveller tan.

In his hand he held a rope of heavy braided cord
attached to a Bull Mastiff, a massive dog good lord.
After only several paces this monster cocked a leg
then squatted down and shit, enough to fill a keg.

My lovely crazy paving was crowned with steaming dung
and I was paralysed as if I'd just been stung.
"I've come to clean your garden" said the man with a nicotine smile,
"Fifty quid to you old son; and for another fiver I'll also clean that pile."
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Submitted on September 29, 2020

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABB CCDD EEFF
Closest metre Iambic heptameter
Characters 677
Words 131
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

David Gabriel Caplan

Brought up by a Jewish father and a French Catholic mother. Both of whom relegated religion to the category of " fairy tales." I thank them for their wisdom. I have had several interesting jobs in my life, both in the UK and in Australia, but the last 27 years before I retired were spent as a University Print Manager. I have been writing poetry since a child. My main interest is in Humour and Flash Fiction. I have one book to my credit, with two others which I am too lazy to do anything about! more…

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