You somehow

Got tangled in your harness

Wrapped in a nylon belt

Lassoed through and through

How did you do this, I asked

You whimpered

Fix it, don’t touch me.

Pair of shears

Should do it.

But nothing doing.

You bolted out the screen door

Nose first


I found a muzzle

But nothing doing.

I found a blanket.

Honey held you fast while you bit and barked

I snipped the harness free.

Relief at last,

While you perfect your pout.











About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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