Poems of the Week

Puppy Eyes

by Ruth S. Baker

“A dog food company on Wednesday announced that it wants to pay people $27 an hour to look at
pictures of puppies.
ProDog Raw is looking to recruit 10 dog lovers to look at pictures of pups, as part of a study to test
whether dogs on social media can alleviate people’s stress levels.”

Dear ProDogRaw,
At your behest,
I here proclaim my interest
In this, your puppy-watching test.
I am a person deeply stressed,
With so much piled upon my chest
The level’s never been assessed;
My only hope, it’s manifest,
Resides in puppies; cutely dressed
Or naked (that, in fact, is best).
If I am chosen to be blessed,
You’ll find I never will divest
From puppy-gazing till—you guessed—
I’m just dog-tired.
PS: If pressed,
I might take less.
J’y suis, j’y reste.