for Haakon Hofstad


the woman is on

the counter

top stripping

for the lunch

hour crowd

the mood

as somber as the blue

light she dances in


a dog outside

has slammed head first

into the black tinted glass door –


over and over

it whimpers and barks

at its own image


a man shouts

someone should put the damned

mutt out of its misery!


the dancer stops

the music


open the door

she says


let the poor thing in



Photo By Will Montague