At Writer’s Island, we were given a one-word prompt: embark. I couldn’t help myself, honest! Amy


The dog next door is named Emily
but her folks just call her Em
She’s friendly, happy, friendly
but her barking sounds like phlegm

propelled from asthmatic lungs
onto the driveway each day
When she barks, mucus is flung
The goop flies every which way

She’s a sweetly adorable pug
but her bark/slopping never stops
The neighbors are pitching in
for a bib and some doggie cough drops

© 2010 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil