Thursday, November 09, 2006

The POV Experiment: The Doggie, by Jack Cavanaugh

POV Exercise
Old Mother Hubbard — Dog’s Point of View

Flea! Flea! Scratch it! Back leg in motion. Get it…get it…over…over…over… There! There! Right there! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Sniff. Kitchen rug warm. Big sigh. Lick chops. Lay down. Wait. Soon. Soon?

Footsteps! Coming! She’s coming! Tail thumping. Happy.
It’s her! Female with three chins. Like her. Like her.
Follow slipper shuffle across the floor. Is she…?

Cupboard! Cupboard! Yes! Bone cupboard! Happy dog! Happy dog! Tail wagging happy. Good female. Good female. Like her.

What? No bone? Cupboard bare? Sad dog. Sad dog.

Oh…female’s chins quiver! All three of them. Eyes wet. She’s sad.
Don’t be sad three chins. Makes me sad. Tail still. Sad still.

Female pats head. Nuzzle her leg.
Don’t cry. Please don’t cry.
Lick her hand. Better now? Feel better?

Jack Cavanaugh writes all sorts of novels from his home in California.


At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it!

At 8:30 AM, Blogger batgirl said...

Soooo SAD! Poor puppy. I have bones at my house. come over and I'll give you one (I also have a one chin limit.) Good job, Jack!

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Oh, man, you managed to crawl into that dog's skin! Crawling into a person's skin and feeling what they feel. That's what my grandmother used to call "empathy." That's something all writers need to be able to do. Thanks for a great piece.

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Heather said...

oh, this made me sad. i need to go love on a dog. i don't have one, so i need to find one and love on her.

At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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