Poem with an explanation: Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs

Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs,

  he sure is sweating.

Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs,

  that rain is falling hard.

Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs,

  oh, that car shouldn’t have splashed him.

Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs,

  he really should be wearing a coat.

Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs,

  see how the wind is blowing him back.

Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs,

  it looks like that fall hurt his leg.

Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs,

  oh wait, that other dog is going to bite him.

Hey look, that guy with the dogs didn’t walk by.

 

This poem is about noticing, but doing nothing.

In each of the eight sentences, two people on a porch either notice a guy walking dogs walk by, or notice that he didn’t walk by.  In the first seven sentences the guy walking the dogs encounters: heat, rain, carelessness, cold, wind, a fall, and a dog attack.  In the last sentence, the guy walking the dogs doesn’t walk by.

In each of the sentences, the people on the porch notice the man or the lack of him.  In none of the sentences, do they do anything for him.

Additionally, the man’s name isn’t known.  He is referred to as “that guy with the dogs”.  The people on the porch, never wonder what his name is.  It, in some sense, isn’t significant to them.

This poem utilizes repetition as a poetic tool.

 

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