Friday, February 15, 2008


The black Doberman’s name is Messerschmitt. I had suggested the name Fluffy, but I’m fond of the ironic. The canine drools when it growls. My daughter, who is studying Eastern medicine, says the drooling is due to an abundance of cold wind – at least, that’s what I think she said. I like Messer when he’s on a taut leash and is wearing a choker chain collar to keep him in check. He’s best straining to snap my head off – leash tightening the choke while his black, wet marble eyes bulge in disdain for me.

nuisance call
sound of dead air
after I click off

by Jeffrey Winke
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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