Poem with an explanation: a stop

A door unlocked,
steps taken,
ropes already tied,
and a click.

Steps on grass,
steps on stone,
steps on tar.

Through trees,
through monuments,
the drum plays,
with the sound,
of the brush.

The compass spins,
fires burn,
and then …

a stop.

The statue collapses,
cannons are fired,
the wall crumbles.

A descendant,
not of coyotes,
without a sense that some would understand,

The horse gallops,
wood is torn,
alarms sound,
a question is asked.


a stop.

calling to the air,


The above poem tells a story.  It is meant to be metaphorical and have imagery.  The poem is about someone walking their dog and having a heart attack.  The dog then runs back to the house, gets help, and the person is helped.

The first stanza describes the person walking outside and putting the harness on the dog.

The second stanza follows the person and the dog from the backyard, to the drive way, to the street.

The third stanza describes them walking.  They pass trees and houses (monuments).  The sound of their walking is like a drum beat and the sound their steps make in the gravel is like the sound of a brush on a drum.

In the fourth stanza, they change direction (the compass spins), cars drive by (fires burn – as in internal combustion engines) and that leads to the fifth stanza, where the person has a heart attack (a stop).

The sixth stanza describes the heart attack.  The person falls like a collapsing statue, they feel like they are being shot with a cannon, and they crumble like a wall.

In the seventh stanza the dog (a descendant not of coyotes – in other words, a descendant of wolves), understands that something is wrong.

In the eighth stanza the dug runs home (the horse gallops), scratches at the front door (wood is torn), and barks (alarms sound).  The person inside, opens the door to see what is wrong (a question is asked).

In the ninth stanza, the person follows the dog.  First they walk, then they walk faster, then, as their thoughts of concern grow, they run.

In the tenth stanza, the person sees the other person who had a heart attack.

In the last stanza, the helping person expresses concern, they ask questions and they call for help on their phone (calling to the air).  Then they are amazed that the dog came home and got them.  Finally, they feel hope that the person who had the heart attack will be alright.