"K-9 Police Dog" by Bill Dunkley‘Retired K-9’ and Other Poetry by Allen Lee Ireland The Society October 15, 2020 Beauty, Culture, Humor, Poetry 13 Comments Retired K-9 When I was young, you kept me in a cage. But as I got a little calmer, older, Sometimes you’d let me ride in the front seat Shotgun, with my paw upon your shoulder. It wasn’t just for toys and treats, you know— Sniffing out drugs and shells, and giving chase. I gained a sense of honor/self-importance And pleasure from the pleasure on your face. My days are duller now, and you have found Another K-9 friend to take my place. For solace I have all your bathroom bottles And, till the end, one evil cat to chase. May Day Such celebration is there round his grave! The birds are singing, a cacophony Of different keys. The wind is like a wave, And all the flowers are tossing in its sea. I hear the rattling drumbeat of a band. Some kind of festival is going on. Even the clouds are racing, yet I stand As straight and still as cemetery stone. My friend was once as full of life as this, This razzle-dazzle with a clown on stilts, And bagpipes played by men in saffron kilts, And children splashing in the bright-blue lake. . . . What feast of sight and sound! How sad it is The dweller in the ground cannot partake. Allen Lee Ireland (b. 1969) lives in Helena, Montana, and works for law enforcement administration. His poetry has appeared in The Lyric, Red Planet Magazine, and The Road Not Taken. His first book of poems, Loners and Mothers, was published in 2017. His second collection, A Sunray Lands in Syria, is slated for publication in 2021. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 13 Responses Sally Cook October 15, 2020 These are beautiful poems. Beautifully thought out, and composed. “The wind is like a wave…+, and the K=9’s thoughts, all perfect. Thank you. Reply Allen Ireland October 15, 2020 No, thank you! I work for law enforcement administration so I guess it was inevitable that I write a poem about a K-9. Reply Leo Zoutewelle October 15, 2020 Yes, so well done, it makes me sad. But thank you. Reply Allen Ireland October 15, 2020 Thank you! Someone once called me the Barbara Walters of poetry because he said my poems always make people cry. Reply Cynthia Erlandson October 15, 2020 “May Day” has some really well-turned phrases: “a cacophony of different keys” (I can just hear the birds!); “The wind is like a wave, And all the flowers are tossing in its sea.” ( I can truly see the image!); and the poet “standing As straight and still as cemetery stone” (I can feel it, along with the wind!) Reply Allen Ireland October 16, 2020 Thanks! Reply Allen Ireland October 15, 2020 Thank you! Reply Jeff Eardley October 15, 2020 I really enjoyed both of these, and lovely to get the point of view of the dog in “Retired K9” and you have summed up perfectly, the funeral of a friend who is unable to join in the festivities. I particularly liked the “clown on stilts” and “men in saffron kilts” You would not think that Covid could put a damper on funerals, but here in England, it certainly has. Thank you for sharing. Reply Allen Ireland October 15, 2020 Thanks! Glad you enjoyed them. Reply Margaret Coats October 16, 2020 Both poems are well done, and enjoyable. The light tone suits them. The turn of the May Day sonnet is particularly good, with things becoming even livelier in the sestet. I know someone who is a K-9 officer, but never thought about where the dog would be when retired. Naturally, the dog would stay in his familiar home. As Sally and Jeff pointed out, it is intriguing to hear the canine point of view. Reply Allen Ireland October 16, 2020 Thanks! We have a K-9 at work that I think about so often that I finally got inside his head! Reply Peter Hartley October 16, 2020 These two poems excellent, particularly the first and especially its last two lines.My mother has a beautiful Labrador retriever who spent the first nine years of her life highlighting the sorry plights of would-be illegal immigrants, covered in oil and grease, cold, wet and starving, and desperately clutching the back axles of lorries in Calais. Lettie did her very best to let the whole world know about it. Reply Allen Ireland October 16, 2020 Wow! Thanks. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.