The experiment nearly ended On this dog that I’ve befriended, The one I’ve nearly mended From afflictions she’s contended. A summer night I’m sitting On the deck, the sun transmitting Through sunshine heat emitting, Relaxing thus permitting. My dog is sitting nicely, Unleashed but poised precisely, Contained by rails concisely Elevated, rather dicey. Daytime quickly passing, The evening is surpassing, The bugs begin their massing The two of us harassing. Between the rails scramming, Her hips between them cramming, Onto the ground she’s slamming Then on the lamb she’s lambing. Vanished from the clearing And to woods she’s nearing Quickly disappearing, No trace of her appearing. Walking every trail Like a cop I’m on her tail Her fortitude is frail I’m thinking I will fail. Twenty minutes seeking, Around a tree she’s peeking, Toward me she’s soon streaking In hopes of passed me sneaking. I hold her leash descended On it, my hopes depended She stops, her flight suspended In the moment apprehended. To her leash she condescended, Her liberty amended; The taste of freedom ended For this dog that I’ve befriended.