job done

the collie dog is guarding the compost

she has parked herself
at full stretch
facing the middle bin
periodically launching to bark
full throated
at the tribe of sparrows
intent on feeding
from this nights scraps

the sparrows oblige
by hopping off the heap
to perch at the side
while the dog fans her tail
a celebration of success

until the next bird drops down
provoking another leap
more barking

it’s clear that all are enjoying
the confrontation

one bird flits away
landing on the adjacent grass

a moment of polite glaring
then a torrid riposte
and frenzied pursuit
sees the little thief
unhurriedly depart the premises

and the warm comfort
of a job
very well done

© Frank Prem, 2009

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