The Meaning of Life

by Nancy Fitzgerald

There is a moment just before
a dog vomits when its stomach
heaves dry, pumping what's deep
inside the belly to the mouth.
If you are fast you can grab
her by the collar and shove her
out the door, avoid the slimy bile,
hunks of half chewed food
from landing on the floor.
You must be quick, decisive,
controlled, and if you miss
the cue and the dog erupts
en route, you must forgive
her quickly and give yourself
to scrubbing up the mess.

Most of what I have learned
in life leads back to this.

please note: photo by Sheri Van Wert


  1. OK, yup. There you go. That's it: my life in a nutshell. Except you need to add the part about cats urping up furballs for the full picture.

  2. Exactly..., because those are on the steps leading to the door one is trying to get the dog through. Didn't want to distress any sensitive stomachs this early:>)

  3. hahaah!.. You're coming up with some stunners this week!... It's the noise I particularly enjoy.. that deep rumbling retch that sounds like a truck rolling in the distance... mmmmm..

  4. If only all of life's messiness were so easily cleaned

  5. Well in the all comes down to what is going in or coming out...right? smiles...

  6. Nurses have the most interesting table talk, huh?

  7. Sometimes it's nearly the same with small kids...

  8. Brilliant! I find it applies to cats as well. That dry heave is almost as scary as them furballing. I usually get them outside, but thankfully they don't puke often!


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