Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Must Love Dogs


Breaking the ice
in the sweltering heat
downtown New York City,
between light and shadows
in the dog park

"How beautiful, what breed
of dog is it?," he asks, intrigued

Sporting red sneakers,
she wonders whether
to run away or answer him

"It's a mixed breed,
he loves playing in the park,"
she says, cautiously

"Come here often?,"
he asks teasingly, making fun
of a cliche pick-up line

They burst out laughing

"Yeah, great view here,"
she says, relaxing a bit


She wonders why
she suddenly feels warm-
could it be the sun on her face
or the guy's charm?

She ties up a loose shoelace,
just in case she needs to run

But they talk for hours,
as if they had known
each other for years

"Can I call you sometimes?"
"Sure, why not?"

Her phone number is secured
in his back pocket,
scribbled on a napkin

Later, the dog ate it


Well, it seems that we skipped Spring in the city and went straight to Summer! It was so hot this week that people were suntanning in shorts and tank tops, walking their dogs in the park, relaxing, and cooling off by fountains. Great to have lunch outside in the park!


Even the dogs were stopping to smell the flowers.


I took the photos with my Droid phone at Madison Square Park. Here is a view of the Flatiron skyscraper from the park. Flowers are blooming and trees are starting to fill in!


I wrote my poem in response to two prompts: at Poetry Jam, Laurie asks us: "What's in Your Pocket?" At Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Izy invites us to write a "Document of Discussion." One of my favorite romantic comedies is Must Love Dogs, which inspired my poem, along with the prompts, and the beautiful dog park. Enjoy!

Sharing my poem and photos with these lovely sites:

45 comments:

  1. The photos are beautiful! Crazy how you had such warm weather. I really enjoyed your poem - it was so sweet!

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  2. Great photos! And bet you are excited that spring is so evident there! Looks lovely

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  3. Wow!! When spring hits it hits fast huh?! I love your images and your poem is fun, Loredana...I can totally picture your characters. :)

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  4. As some one who is anticipating 10 inches of snow tomorrow, I enjoyed your call to summer and dog walking weather. I think you captured a wonderful, playful moment and preserved it forever in this document. Thanks for participating and viva la!!!!

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    1. Thank you for the challenge, Izy. First time I've written a "conversational" poem. It was fun :)

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  5. I enlarged all your photos, and enjoyed the dogs and flowers so much. It's not too cold here, with light rain, so perhaps we'll be seeing some flowers soon.
    Your Document of Discussion is super. Dogs really bring people together, in a good way.
    K

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    1. Glad you enlarged the pictures! Lots of cute dogs in the park :)

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  6. The hesitation, the gradual warming up... I felt it all in the flow of words (and I love spring green! )

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    1. Thank you for noticing, Margaret. Yes, I wanted to show the hesitation in meeting someone new, the gradual building up of trust :)

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  7. oh, bad dog...smiles...or maybe it is fate....wonder if she will buy it if he tells her when they run into each other again...ha...was a beautiful day just to get out here as well...perhaps spring has found us

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    1. Thanks, Brian. Yes, the phrase, "the dog ate it" was a play on words :)

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  8. That is what dogs do, still there is always tomorrow. Love the way this builds. Well Done

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  9. Great pics!Good story! The dog did it deliberately!:)

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  10. Yup, spring went missing here, too -- but summer hasn't arrived yet. Thanks for great and hopeful write to cheer us on our way, though.

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  11. haha I guess the dog
    Was quite the hog
    And did not want to share
    At their lair
    One human is enough
    So he ate it and got rough
    Pfffft still cold here
    Send some warm to my little rhyming rear

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    1. Yes, the dog was smart,
      He didn't want to part
      With his owner, ever :)

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  12. GREAT line .. the dog ate it always works!

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  13. LOL... Dogs have a way of doing that...

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    1. Thanks for the challenge, Laurie. "What's in your pocket?" was a thought-provoking question :)

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  14. Loredana, love this poem! The ending made me laugh out loud :-)

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  15. LOL oh dogs...gotta love em'. I do love the poem and the scenes. Your blog always brings such tranquility :)

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  16. LOL--wonderful. That's what happens to those important notes on napkins! Neat photos too.

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  17. Too bad on the ending ~ But I hope they meet again ~ I envy your summer pictures, they are stunning ~ Here, we are back in mild winter ~

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    1. Hi Grace, the poem is fictional, but is based on past experiences with walking the dog in the park (back in my single days :)

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  18. Cute poem....hot already...we are cold up here. I'll take it so we can have more spring.

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  19. Made me smile! Dog lover here. Lots of experience with dogs eating stuff. Probably one of the most memorable was when our late, great golden retriever started tearing a loose piece of wallpaper as far up the wall as it would go. Enjoyed your poem and your photos!

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    1. How funny. Thanks for sharing Mary Ann :)

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  20. Ah, story is delightful and poetic ~ excellent photos ~ Spring in NYC ~ still slow coming to MA ~ going to go from Winter to Summer I bet ~ ^_^

    thanks for visiting and commenting.

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  21. Very beautiful photos and poetic for SWF!Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend!

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  22. Decided to return for another read. The whole poost has such a relaxing feel to it.

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    1. Wow, glad you liked this so much that you returned for a second visit! :)

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  23. I just loved your post! What a wonderfully romantic beginning....a story made in heaven...and then the dog ate the number. Yup, so typical. On another note, you are fortunate your weather has been so beautiful. Ours has been gray, gray, gray, rain, rain, rain, and it continues.

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  24. "qu'est-ce qu'il y a dans ma Poche ?" Loredana

    Attend je regarde...
    Aaaahhhh !!!! Juste un grand trou...

    Le rien est tout...
    Le tout est rien...

    Voyageons léger...


    "What is in my Pocket ?"
    waits I look...
    Aaaahhhh!!!! Just a big hole...

    Nothing is everything
    Everything is nothing

    Let us travel light

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    1. Bonjour Pascal,

      Nothing is everything
      Everything is nothing

      I like that! :)

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  25. Oh this is lovely perfect for spring! I wish it would warm up where I live!

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  26. loved the pup with the blooms behind the fence!

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  27. This square is inspiring indeed ! Nice reflections and great pictures !

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  28. Great story to match the pictures! Such a convincing intake...love NYC!

    xoxo,
    Allie @ Framed by God
    http://framedbygod.blogspot.com/

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  29. So glad you are finally seeing spring there...I can tell you somebody turned on the summer switch down here today...good grief☺ I too love the movie...Must Love Dogs...so glad you mentioned it.

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  30. the last picture is stunning! and what a great poem!

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  31. warm and lovely pics and the poem was interesting... thanks.
    Sreeja
    writingonjusttowrite.blogspot.com

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  32. wondrously rich and deLIGHTfull post, Loredana!! enJOY the freaky spring weather!!

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  33. Looks like a great day outside! I guess that's even worse than a dog eating someone's homework!

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