A Well-Trained Poem by Marjorie Bruhmuller

Poem title: A Well-Trained Poem Poet name: Marjorie Bruhmuller Poem: Before lunch I will walk my poem down the road, let it sniff at the base of trees, call after it as it starts in chase of some small creature, following its instinct to go off the path, check the woods, shadow between the trunks. Indignant, my poem lifts its leg on invisible borders, growls at whiffs on the wind barks at freshly dug holes, rolls in cow paddies and dust, smiling. And, sitting on the steps back home, it licks its lips, beat its tail quivering for a pat on the head another throw of the ball. End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © Marjorie Bruhmuller Previously published in The Bell You Hardly Hear (Ekstasis Editions, 2017). Marjorie Bruhmuller owned and operated a natural soap company, Belle Epoque, for 13 years. She has published two books of poetry, The Bell You Hardly Hear, (Ekstasis Editions, 2017) and Back Porch Haiku (Editions les petits nuages, 2019 ) which won an honourable mention in Haiku Canada’s Marianne Bluger Awards, 2020. Her poems have been published in many Canadian and American literary journals. She leads writing workshops and is Poetry Editor of Shoreline Press. She uses her photographs to make tiny handmade haiku books. She lives in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.