‘Small Dogs’ & ‘Location’



He had a whining tone in his voice,
the biker in his colors and boots
complaining to the receptionist
at a California motel
about a small dog’s nonstop yipping
behind the room door opposite his.
It could not be a dog, she told him,
a note of certainty in her voice.
No dogs are allowed in this motel.


I saw a tiny dog on a leash
run at a man and bite at his leg,
the miniature canine teeth not
penetrating the heavy denim.

She coldly said, My dog does not bite.
He clearly saw his difficulty:
a very big man being attacked
by a dog the size of a hamster.



The grown daughter with an old father
whose drinking problem often stranded
him at unfamiliar places
found a solution in a cell phone
with a geolocation device,
of which he remained unaware and
was always surprised by how she just
by chance happened to bump into him



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George Ryan was born in Ireland and graduated from University College Dublin. He is a ghostwriter in New York City. Elkhound published his Finding Americas in October 2019. His poems are nearly all about incidents that involve real people in real places and use little heightened language.