Three dogs escaped from a yard,
two blocks from home the wind
suddenly became stronger.
Sensed the four-legged gang and ran.
The chase – the fall – the panic.
They halted, tails wagging.
Their formation cordoned off
an unsuspicious life. Picked up school-bag
and broken umbrella, trembling.
The nights that follow such days
are nights of fever.
Three injured toes healed slowly,
permanently destroyed toenails,
one for each dog.