Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Day 17 ~~ NaPoWriMo

[Istanbul dog # 1, click picture to enlarge]
The Mind Is Its Own Beautiful Prisoner; 
not all thoughts are of humans 

Walking the streets of Istanbul
I was feeling sorrow tugging 
for the many dogs sleeping nearby
Dare I take action there and then

The first was tied a grimy rope
Took him away gave him some food
Biscuits only, he gobbled three
Rest was easy six dogs in all

Unaccustomed to best of care
Became their master in a day
While they ate some pangs I would feel 
Did their former owners await

Waiting for their pets to come home
Guilt, mind prisoner to canine souls
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 - Poem title first used by e.e. cummings, his poem in Sanaa's link below
 - Photos and Poem Copyright, Jimmiehov 2013 (photos) and 201 (poem), All Rights Reserved

 - Dogs of Istanbul, all the dogs posted are from my blogs.  Several of the dog pictures were taken from the streets of Istanbul.  A blog search post link.    This post of our 2013 Istanbul visit has reproduced from my copy of Mark Twain's "Letter # 22" found in my book, his "Letters from the Holy Land...".  In it he commented of the many dogs he found sleeping on the streets of the then Constantinople.
[Istanbul dog # 2]
[Istanbul dog #'s 3 and 4] 
[Istanbul dog # 5]
[Istanbul dog # 6]
[Italian dog near Mt. Vesuvius]
[Dog at the Dubrovnik, Croatia,  airport]
[Street Dog to be (moving out kid's,) 
outside grocery store, Conroe, Texas]
[Adi, my deceased (2013) Beagle Dog buddy]

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At Wednesday, April 17, 2019 2:58:00 PM, Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

Oh, all those precious dogs, bless you.

At Wednesday, April 17, 2019 3:09:00 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Only in my mind did I take them home. And that thought was embellished for this post. But I did pass all six and sincerely agree with Mark Twain.

At Wednesday, April 17, 2019 3:26:00 PM, Blogger brudberg said...

I think they seems so content sleeping.....

At Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:07:00 PM, Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is so sweet!❤️

At Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:01:00 PM, Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, I well remember your earlier post about those dogs. Lovely to revisit them via your poem.

At Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11:26:00 PM, Blogger kaykuala said...

Waiting for their pets to come home
Guilt, mind prisoner to canine souls

Truly Man's best friend that never talks back! Pity they are left alone to fend for themselves. Is Istanbul a safe place for them?


At Thursday, April 18, 2019 1:28:00 AM, Blogger Kim M. Russell said...

Those dogs break my heart, Jim. It’s good to know that you gave them some love!

At Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:07:00 AM, Blogger grapeling said...

good on ya, Jim ~


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