Crime Dog: Poem

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Then check out my poetry book,Digging to China, released by Sweatshoppe Publications. This poem is in it, along with fifty others. Signed copies are available through Sweatshoppe Publications. It's also available on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.


Outside the 7-11

he begins to shake

and grabs a hold

of his trembling paws,

trying to calm them.

Nausea has taken over,

his head is being jackhammered,

his fever making him wish he had

the ability to sweat. It’s cold

then hot

then cold

once again. He

pops the collar of his grey duster

and pulls it up,

covering the lower part

of his brown snout. His wet nose stings

against the night.


Reaching into his pocket he feels

the cold grip

of a Smith and Wesson.

He knows this is his only option.

The only way to his next fix.


Involuntarily, his tail begins to wag,

sensing the excitement. He eyes the clerk

through brown and red lenses.

He appears small and not the type to play the hero.


For McGruff the Crime Dog, the decision is made.

He’s about to take another bite into crime.

A big bite.

all rights reserved. copyright Justin W. Price December 4th 2011.

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Thanks for Reading.

A FREELANCE WRITER, HONORS STUDENT AND GOVER PRIZE FINALIST, JUSTIN W. PRICE (AKA, PDXKARAOKEGUY)IS A POET, SHORT STORY, BIOGRAPHY AND HUMOR WRITER. HIS POETRY COLLECTION,DIGGING TO CHINA, WAS RELEASED FEBRUARY 2ND, 2013 BY SWEATSHOPPE PUBLICATIONS AND IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM, BARNES AND NOBLE AND THROUGH YOUR LOCAL BOOKSELLER.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks VocalCoach :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Fullerman... I certainly remember Fred McGriff. I'm sure someone has written a poem about him.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Awe, this is just great! I really enjoyed reading this. I know of a few others who will like this too so I'm sharing. Thanks so much!


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Fullerman5000 3 years ago from Louisiana, USA

Well this was very fun and a interesting twist to McGruff. I thought maybe you wrote a poem about Fred McGriff. Great work man, always a pleasure


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Beth. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I wasn't aware that he'd actually left the airwaves. Nice to see you!


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee

Oh, great poem! I love McGruff and think it's a shame he's left the airwaves.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Jamie!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much Time2Rite and thanks for the follow!


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

Am interesting take on "McGruff the Crime Dog". Pretty awesome. Jamie


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

Cool hub! Love the way you took McGruff the Crime Fighter and put a whole new twist on him; awesome! Voted "Up"!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thomas, indeed. Everyone has a dark side... even Miley Cyrus. I was just reminded of the movie death to Smoochy.. the dark side of children's television.

thanks for commenting!


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

PDX...

This is great! I've always had my suspicions about McGruff's dark side...I love your exploration!

Thomas


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Susan, I'm glad that this started your day and that you found this enjoyable!

Thanks, Chicagoguy.

Sunnie, that sounds like a super fun time. do you happen to have pictures? That would be awesome! Thanks for reading and commenting!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

OMG! I know this dog personally...I actually dressed up as McGruff...Do you know how heavy that head is and the straps that hold it on is not comfortable...You can not hardly see out of its eyes..leaving someone to be near by to lead you...lololol

Now granted he has been around for a while so I may have had one of his older get ups but not something I cherish to do again..haha...Great message for kids and they sure love him..I loved the mystery of playing him and no one knowing it was me...:)

Thanks for a great hub,

Sunnie


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chicagoguy 4 years ago from Chicago ,USA

liked it !!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

First hub I've read today and I must say it put a big smile on my face. Up and awesome!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks, JB. I'm glad you enjoyed this piece!


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JBBlack 4 years ago from California

I like the choppy panicky bit in the beginning a lot. A good sense of emotion.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I'm glad you enjoyed this, Kitty. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Awesome! Loved it...cool fun.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for the encouragement Sky. I'm glad you enjoyed this piece. It's always nice to see you and hear/read your comments!


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

There you go and I laugh at Mc Gruff , I am a big fan for all those years I knew him .

A nice and funny one have me cracking.

Keep up the great work PDX , I know it's in you.

Bless.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Tammy, glad you enjoyed this. do you ever watch Family Guy? They reference the dog having pockets on that show


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

You got me with this one.. I spent a long time wondering how a dog could have pockets. Excellent and well written.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Sue-- very cute comment. Thanks for reading! Always nice to see you!


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi PDX

Clever and cute

I give you two paws up. :-)

Voted up and awesome.

Enjoy your day.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Lyricwriter, I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for stopping by!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Up, awesome, and funny PDX. This is a classic my friend. Thanks for the much needed laugh:)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Probly our youth. I'm very nostalgic. Thanks for stopping by!


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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

Blasphemy on McGruff! ROFLMAO...

I applaud your reverence for the icons of my (our?) youth!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Till, thank you for saying so. My poetry workshop had an exercise where we took a fictional character and further fictionalized them. McGruff instantly popped in my head.

Lapse I had no idea McGruff had such strict rules surrounding him. Now I feel like I've committed blasphemy!

Thanks both for the reads and the comments.


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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

That's funny and I like the creativity... :-D

Made me think back to the 80s and wonder if I ever saw him in action... nope. On the National Crime Prevention Council's site they give the usage guidelines. Here's only one: "McGruff may not be shown holding a weapon of any type or any weapon-like object, or behaving in a threatening manner." I learned something here.

But I say run with it: McGruff the Dark Mutt Returns! HA!!!


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

What a great way to honor a beloved character from the past. Who, but you, would have written such a wonderful tribute? Loved it for its originality and style. Voted up and interesting because there is no originality choice!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Nell and Mathira, thank you so much. I appreciate the comments very much!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, epi stole my line! lol! I was going to say you are the top dog! totally different, and I loved it! cheers nell


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mathira 5 years ago from chennai

Interesting and unique too.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

PenMePretty- thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

bmalin- lol. Mine too. I'm please by your comment!

Thanks Der. I didn't intend it but, upon rereading, I guess this does have a voyeuristic feel to it!

Chanroth, thanks!

Will, we all have a dark side.

Credence- that's the bets kind of entertainment, I think. The expected is so boring.

Alexander, thanks so much for your vote!


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Alexander Mark 5 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Cute - had to vote up.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

PDX, you caught us all off guard, this time Gruff, the Crime Dog? It certainly wasn't what I was expecting...


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Very good! McGruff the crime dog! Who knew?


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

haha...that is pretty funny and unique!


Derdriu 5 years ago

PDXKaraokeGuy: What a humorously precise tribute to an icon! You use the third person in such a way that there is the impression of McGruff observing as well as being observed.

Thank you for sharing, etc.,

Derdriu


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b. Malin 5 years ago

And they say Crime is going to the Dogs...Well it could be right! Loved the humor of this one Karokeguy...my kind of Humor!


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

Awwww so precious. I like this!!! Voted up.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Epi- thank you kindly very much. You’re a great writer yerself. I don’t know who Dexter Gordon is.

Racina, that’s a good question. I don’t know. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Jen, indeed. I think he used to come on during GI Joe

Sub, you gotta do what you gotta do. However, I few visiting my hubber friends as promoting and inspiring my own writing :0)

Carlon, thanks. He might still be around. When I read this poem to my wife, she said “Why is he being so naugty?”

Gypsy, I’m glad to keep his memory alive.

Dexter, thanks so much!

Ruby, thank you.

Thank you all for reading and commenting!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Unique and funny. The mind of a crime fighter, McGruff back in action...


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

I agree with Epi! You are the top dog!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Good old McGruff. Amusing poem. I had almost forgotten about him.


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Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

Awe a trip down memory lane and you made it so cute and funny. I miss ole McGruff crime dog. Smile!


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SubRon7 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Good one, KaraokieGuy, poem and video both. I continue to follow my hubber friends but very rarely am commenting these days, as I am pushing my own writing really hard. Thanks for a good laugh this morning.


jenubouka 5 years ago

Pretty funny and innovative, I remember MrGruff the crime dog. Man that was a long time ago!


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

i was starting to think can those paws cock and fire?anyway, you have a funny way of presenting your themes...yet, not forgetting the hint of reality behind it...


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epigramman 5 years ago

.....well you're always the top dog in epi's book when you write like this .....well I gotta be truthful here - you're always the top dog in my book no matter what you write - it's all excellent, cool, and a real treat to read!

lake erie time ontario canada 4:03am just arrived home from night shift and listening to Dexter Gordon but hold on the next cd will be louder .....lol

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