Saturday Morning

Mid-morning temperatures rise with the sun

as I sip coffee by the fireplace.

Leah’s vacuuming roars, drowns the yowls

of my mini-schnauzer’s summons,

“You will come and get me.” But, I don’t.

Now working by the dining room window,

I look up, spot two field sparrows pick and peck

at the tube feeder. A blood-colored intruder

flaps furious wings,

clears a space and lights.

Moments later, Karma

from the neighbor’s power drill,

clears the perch.

I hear Leah grunt, then chuckle,

unused mop set aside,

as soapy circles swab hardwood—

tenacious knees move backward

for  “stretches better than Pilates.”

Out the window, an orange fox squirrel

jumps on the other feeder, spread-eagles across

the roof, shakes it like a paint color mixer

breaking its handle.

Furry friends scatter

like popcorn

in an un-lidded popper.

Indoors, the ticking clock reminds me it’s time.

I save my work, deposit yowler

in grass, thank Leah with smile and cash

as she takes a last swipe across counters.

On the way to the car, Leah strokes

Canine Verbose’s nose

through chain links.

“You’re a little stinker!” she scolds.


Denise C. Buschmann is owned by two miniature schnauzers, Cupcake and Coco, and is a freelance copyeditor in Carmel, Indiana. She has been published in numerous journals and anthologies in the US, the UK, Australia, and India, including Branches MagazineIndiana Voice JournalRat’s Ass Review, Lamar University’s Wise Ass Anthology, and others. In 2016, she was a finalist both in the Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize contest and in the Pride in Poetry Prize contest.



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