Runaway Beagle

A Beagle with no collar roams into Kroger

His mind isn't on getting petted

He can smell the Rotisseree chicken

The land of plenty is here

A veritable garden of Eden

But he is smart

Despite getting put out numerous times

He waits for the automatic doors to open

A young clerk watches for him

Blocking his possible entry

Yet once the clerk is distracted by work

The young dog runs back in

As cute as the brown-eyed fellow is

I pray he finds his Master

Because such a sweet, smart Beagle

Shouldn't be alone in the world

But I am certain loving arms

Will pick him up and hold him tight

Once he is back to the place he truly belongs.

January 5, 2006