Too-Early Ollie

Ollie barks at his brothers

spins, rests rump-risen, 

front legs flat-on-floor,

tail wagging, watching

for one whisker-twitch

,,,,,too early, Ollie

Ollie whimpers, whines to play, 

pesters his people, 

peppers us with ankle-nips

drops his pink ball

at our clean-showered feet

….it’s 5 a.m., Ollie

we throw the ball

down the hall

he runs

looking back like

an NFL receiver

….too early, Ollie

slams into the door


slides sideways

his ice hockey ways

full-force as he plays


no mouth-guard

all boy, all heart

Ollie knows no clock

with all twelve 

padless pounds

seeking traction 

on the wood floor

to bring the ball back

for another replay

…..go, Ollie, go!

Zechariah 8:5 

And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.

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