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In A Perfect World

An idyllic Saturday evening scene-
on our street, little kids play
‘touch and go’.  Excited shrieks
and laughter warm the chilled February air, 
pavement alive with little feet's patter.

My neighbor’s Golden Labrador does it again: 
he slips out just as his owner 
drives through the tall, wide open iron gate.

Marley runs after the laughter-
playful, in his ferocious way.
Neighbor stops, engine idling, 
and looks intently as a frightened child, 
no more than ten, runs screaming in terror.

In hot pursuit, teeth bared, barking
with all his might, Marley obviously
enjoys the chase. I command the dog to stop
as I reach the child, his body trembling. 
I look at my neighbor's eyes - waiting.
He lowers his lashes, shifts the gear, 
tells his help to get Marley, and goes on his way. 

In a perfect world,  a little child would not know 
the meaning of terror and passive cruelty,
all in one breath.  He would not have to feel 
less valued than a pricey, crossbreed dog.



17 February 2016
Catie Lindsey's In a Perfect World Contest

Copyright © KP Nunez | Year Posted 2016

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  1. Date: 11/30/2018 5:25:00 PM

    Where have all the poets gone?
  1. Date: 9/14/2018 3:27:00 AM

    I can see the beauty in each line
  1. Date: 6/21/2018 7:26:00 AM

    I enjoyed reading this one again. Your presence is missed here at the soup.
  1. Date: 3/14/2018 3:03:00 AM

    A fine write, Kim, hope you're ok. Viv x
  1. Date: 4/15/2017 7:25:00 AM

    Where she is now?
  1. Date: 2/2/2017 5:53:00 PM

    Hi KP, I agree no one should live in fear especially children. Was your poem inspired by actual events? I am a dog lover but I also feel that owners are responsible for their pets and should not take that responsibility passively. I hope to read more of your poems. Best wishes, JP
  1. Date: 1/2/2017 2:29:00 AM

    Wherever you should be, Kim, I fervently hope you are safe and content! May you have a wonderful New Year..."Lest we should forget". Stay happy, and...God bless! :) john
  1. Date: 12/19/2016 11:15:00 PM

    Hey stranger, hope you are well. stop by sometime. Merry Christmas!
  1. Date: 10/16/2016 8:06:00 AM

    What an emotive write, so touching....a 7! Dear Kim, how are you? Missing you on Poetry soup....come back soon with your poems,lots of my love and prayers, take care// love, Anu:)
  1. Date: 10/5/2016 5:04:00 PM

    you're back, kim... this is a deep write from an observant eye; love the last stanza for its emotional impact...missed you and huggs
  1. Date: 9/2/2016 1:18:00 PM

    Kim, a wonderful write. You've made a profound statement here.
  1. Date: 8/18/2016 2:00:00 AM

    I have not seen anything of you for quite sometime, Kim...I most fervently pray you are well and happy. Whoever your God is...May he bless and protect you. Your good friend always. :) john
  1. Date: 6/14/2016 10:03:00 PM

    It has been a while !!! Have wondered about your smile ??? Stopped by to catch a glimpse of some gems sparkling in the midnight hour. I do not understand the essence of some comments for it seems as though you have been quite proficient in production - last year as well as this .
  1. Date: 6/14/2016 11:42:00 AM

    Kim, I am concerned for your health. If you are well, please post a message so all your friends on poetry soup can be assured of your wellbeing. You are greatly missed. It would be a shame to lose such a gem. In any case, I hope you are still writing your thought provoking poems. hugs and wishes for happiness are being sent your way. Janece
  1. Date: 6/7/2016 5:01:00 PM

    What keep you busy KIM?......Miss You.
  1. Date: 5/6/2016 3:17:00 AM

    The display of the cruelties of poverty in our poverty plagued nation. Keep it up Kabayan! Brilliant.
  1. Date: 5/5/2016 6:27:00 AM

    Crazy lovely Kim, I missed you and your words so I paid a visit! Only to know you have been missed by your good friends here! I wish you beautiful days and please come back ??
  1. Date: 4/18/2016 2:28:00 PM

    STELLAR WORK, STRONG AND CLEAR WITH A TRUE MESSAGE AND GREAT WISH! a7
  1. Date: 4/2/2016 5:52:00 PM

    It would be a perfect world to see you back with us Kim:-) hugs jan xx
  1. Date: 3/30/2016 4:55:00 PM

    With the read here, I see that it's quiet a long time you have written; however, is it all well with you? I hope you to put down something very soon. Miss you............A.M.
  1. Date: 3/27/2016 11:41:00 AM

    I have not see you for a while, Kim...Hope everything is okay. I will take this opportunity to wish you all the very best...And a peaceful and content Easter this holiest of days. Your friend always! :) john
  1. Date: 3/23/2016 9:24:00 PM

    Hi, Kim, stopping by to say hi. Enjoying the beauty of your words once again. LINDA
  1. Date: 3/17/2016 1:15:00 PM

    I was just passing by, Kim, so I thought it would be a good time to pay you a visit and offer my best wishes. I hope everything is going well for you and your own, and that you are in good health. My very best regards as always, Kim. Your very good friend! :) john
  1. Date: 3/14/2016 9:55:00 PM

    Kim, what have you been up to? Keep checking for new poems but you've been quiet for almost a month. Are you taking a break too? Hope everything is well with you. hugs. Janece
  1. Date: 3/13/2016 7:18:00 PM

    Beautiful write Kim.
  1. Date: 3/11/2016 6:05:00 AM

    Yes, yes, yes...that last stanza. I love this piece, Kim. Congrats on your win! And I am, of course, faving this. Always, Laura
  1. Date: 2/27/2016 8:23:00 PM

    Hello Kim ... wonderful example to explain why we don't live in a perfect world - thank you Kim - Lindsay
  1. Date: 2/22/2016 3:27:00 PM

    You really thought out of the box with this write Kim many congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 2/21/2016 10:46:00 AM

    definitely a winner for me, kim.. keep on going, whoo!.. big congrats and huggs!
  1. Date: 2/21/2016 9:28:00 AM

    A wonderful story, Kim. Enjoyed reading this. Congratulations on your placement in the contest. T.J
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