#Tanka Tuesday: Between seasons

For Colleen’s challenge, a butterfly cinquain to go with a painting (by Franz Marc) I found yesterday.



Red dog

alone, watches

no one pass on the lane,

no door opens, no friendly voice

calls, hand

outstretched in a tender gesture.

Days pass in boredom for

useless hounds—chain


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

42 thoughts on “#Tanka Tuesday: Between seasons”

      1. Yeah… dogs that are appropriately crate trained are one thing, since they do like a little space to call their own, but caged on and on and on – especially in wire cages – that’s awful.

    1. They’re not nice to dogs here. Anyone who thinks that farmers and country folk should be given the task of conserving the environment is in serious need of a lobotomy.

      1. Oh yes. I worked for a cattle ranch in Montana. Don’t get me wrong, but their dogs were important to the operation. I never saw a dog chained or abused. Neither were the horses. All necessary equipment for herding cattle. Now they use ATV’s to herd cows. Times change.

      2. Everywhere is different. Guard dogs are usually chained up wherever they are, except at night, and working dogs generally aren’t supposed to be treated as members of the family as it makes them ‘soft’. Dogs like to be companions not tools.

  1. So sad. I love animals so much. Thank you for writing such a poignant poem to draw attention to their plight Jane. They deserve all the love and companionship in the world without hesitation, anything less is such a cruel fate for them.

    1. It seems cruel to me, that we domesticate animals, turn them from one way of life to another, then make them miserable when they do exactly what we have imposed on them.

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