Billy Bonka, Bubba, and the Magical Ball Factory
Recently my now 2 year old dog has been helping pull weeds alongside me in my tomato patch. He had been very good about NOT picking the tomatoes or touching the tomato plants. I think he likes the succulent green grass and weeds that grow in the well watered soil. They pull easier out of the mud, too.
But lately he has started to change his ways - Mrs. Billie Bonka came in the back door and told me "I just saw him go pick one of the large green tomatoes."
Later in the day he shows up to play our daily game of Paw Ball with a mostly intact, large green tomato instead of the "formerly" green tennis ball that came from W-Mart. After all these months of dirty brown tennis balls, I have confused him with a green tomato look-a-like.
So I think that he thinks that the tomato vines are tennis ball factories. Maybe thats why he has done such a good job pulling weeds, to increase production & get better quality.
Note to self: When purchasing tennis balls in the future, avoid the colors 'tomato green' and 'tomato red'.
by Bubba (aka Cooper The Dog)
I suppose that I shall never see something quite so fine,
As a magical tennis ball tomato factory vine.
A vine whose sunbaked thirsty mouth might suppose,
"Say, where is that human guy with the garden hose?"
A vine that sits green under God all day,
as her chloroplasts suck up the solar rays.
A vine that might all Summertime hear,
The sound of dragonflies fluttering near.
Upon whose decaying branches snow has lain,
As nutrients recycle to the soil again.
(Poems are made by dogs with a mind this fine,
But only Mr. Billy Bonka can fool them
with a mag-ten-ball-tom factory vine.)
Credits and References
The Cast & Crew
Bubba - Cooper The Dog Mr. Billy Bonka - Me Mrs. Billie Bonka - TamiePhotography and Software Transformations by Mr. Billy Bonka
The poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer was used as a style & structural poetic reference.
For all the psychiatrists out there reading this, the 'Vines' poem was really mine, not the dog's. But they were his exact thoughts, he just doesn't know how to type, just yet.
Doggie Dictation, Translation & Interpretation courtesy of Mr. Billy Bonka
A Few Other Dog Blog Posts by Mr. Billy Bonka:
Poetry Link: Cycle To The Beginning of The Poetry Link, The Most Recent Poem