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Lost Sam
by Leland Waldrip

Wednesday, February 01, 2006
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The wilderness can be unforgiving. (Note: This is Literary Fiction, an exploit of the photograph.)


Your dog Sam seems happy to ride
In your arms and come back today
To the more cultivated, civilized side
From misadventures of yesterday.

Your grim lips remind, even in joy,
That wild nature with impudence
Its most ardent admirers can toy —
As it hides masked ambivalence.

Did after dashing rabbit Sam rush,
And far, through damp forest swamp,
Cat claw, alder, slashing brush,
And slushy muskeg make you tromp?

Know gray wolves would, as night fell,
Hearing his yelping and barking run,
Hone on him — hounds from hell —
That he‘d not live to see the sun?

Yet he evaded that dismal plight,
‘Cause you were out there also,
Shrieking his name to the night,
Confounding rapacious virtuoso?

“Dawn drew his whimper to my shriek,
Rabbits gone with yesterday’s sun.
He’ll not be out tomorrow to seek,
Nor to chase, yelp, bark, and run!

He can run rabbits in sleep and smile,
Yes, this was much too close a call.
Oh, he’ll be grounded quite a while,
In fact, not gain freedom at all!

Wolves and coyotes eat every pet,
It’s so hard to ever be on guard.
I swore little Sam they’d never get,
But poof— if they leave the yard.

So Sam and I will stay real close,
Let rabbits be what rabbits will be.
For trailing slated for Sam’s nose,
Is police leash work for the OPP*"

*Ontario Provincial Police

© 2006 R. Leland Waldrip




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Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations 2/7/2006
As I wrote in my earlier e-mail message to you, the title of this poem caused "my heart to fall to my feet", dearest friend! What a jolt, indeed, because I thought that you had really "lost" Sam! And although I was tremendously relieved when I read the whole story and its outcome, I will forever be able to relate and feel your worry as my own - because of the "jolts" that a certain "pack o' mutts", all of them also rabbit-chasing lovers, are constantly giving to my poor heart! A warm {{{{{{{{{{{{{hug}}}}}}}}}}}}}} to Sam, and an even warmer one to you, with
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/5/2006
That's what moms are for, to teach Sam where danger lies. when we take a puppy home, he loses his mom.

Translates well to children, as well.

Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 2/2/2006
Oh, god, Leland! The masque of Sam is so overwhelming, your story mezmorised me, with 'hope', actually, in every design.

Thank you, for divine simplicity...

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by C. J. Stevens 2/2/2006
A fanciful and totally delightful dance of words. This proves that a true poet can create fine material from the most modest of models. (though in this case, a very endearing one)
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 2/2/2006
I knew it ... it's those damn rabbits leading everyone astray! LOL

Love & Light,
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 2/2/2006
Graphically penned tale, Leland. I recall being lost many years ago in a dark damp forest swamp with a couple of my siblings-- our family dog, Wolfy, rescued us! This wonderful write brings it all back so vividly.
Well done.
Peace and Blessings,
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 2/1/2006
I tried to keep my cat in once. Good luck.

Cute poem.
Reviewed by Only A Poet 2/1/2006
take good care of Sam, My friend, he sounds like a special dog, enjoyed the poem.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/1/2006
Thanks for sharing....filled with action....Sam!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 2/1/2006
My mutt, The Nipperdawg, has a little black and white tramp neighbor that he takes off after every so often, and not because of her being in heat, he just liked her. Every time I get in the car and drive to where I KNOW he will be, expecting him come upon him flat as a pancake from the wheels of some car. Cute poem.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/1/2006

This is a wise beautiful story... "Lost Sam" sings its message of wisdom: "DON'T YOU EVER ENTER ANOTHER'S TERRITORY AND SOVEREIGNTY, FOR THAT WILL LEAD YOU TO GET LOST."

I enjoyed reading "Lost Sam", and thank You, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/1/2006
Wham! Bam! thank you Sam.... I reckon this is true::))
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/1/2006
I got rufuz so trained that he stays close, even if he is not on a leash...though I don't know that he would if he chased a bunny or as we have a great deal here, feral cats...glad your buddy got home safe...but would not the wolves attack a human if they were hungry enough...think I will stay in wolves other than the human kind...but we do have black bear...Ed & rufuz
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/1/2006
Wow Leland! That was a close call! Glad Sam made it!Funny how we seem to be okay, only if we stay within our own safe place in life. Do you think that's the way it was designed to be?jk;-)... Sometimes it seems that way .Of course we would never have gotten past go if we lived like that;-)Just ruminating;-) poem as always from you !


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