I was walking my dog Louie – or he was walking me –

When he spotted a squirrel with a delicious acorn locked in its tiny mouth.

Louie lunged, nearly ripping my arm from its socket.

“Sit” I said, pulling on his leash.  “Stay!”  But nothing worked, 

Social Distancing obviously had no meaning for him.

I pulled out his squeaky toy, and got his attention 

As the nervous squirrel scurried up the tree.

We continued down the sidewalk. 

I watched Louie sniff flowers, raise his leg

and celebrate the glory of the day.

For one fleeting moment I forgot about the impending plague

And felt the sunlight bathing us in its warm, eternal embrace.

Thank God for dogs.

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