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I'm sorry; I panicked - a poem about panic feelings

Updated on June 4, 2013
Gizmo...then....
Gizmo...then.... | Source
...and now. Ornery thing!
...and now. Ornery thing!

I’m sorry. I panicked.

I shouldn’t have yelled.

But when I saw him outside the gate--

Out from the back yard


(I’m so careful)


How can this be?

My heart jumped

And my brain raced back

To the time when he was small—


(Just a pup)


And flashed out the door

Barreling across the yard

Escaping my scrambling arms,

Ignoring my harried cries


(God, don’t let it happen)


Then stopping to sit,

Like a proud escapee,

Laughing at himself…

In THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET.


I’m sorry…I panicked.


April is National Poetry Month!

#25 is another pet poem based on real life happenings. Enjoy poetry this month as you read and write it!

Safe and sound....
Safe and sound.... | Source

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ellen, I'm so glad! It really hit home with me when the incident happened!!! It just came to me!

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      Ellen Karman 5 years ago from medina, Ohio

      Oh , I love this poem!!! Ellen

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, AE. Glad you like it! And I'm glad my boy is fine, too!

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Never be sorry, you are just a great mom with your baby! I loved the Poem and I am sure it was scary, glad things turned out fine. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      moonlake--Scary stuff! Hope your cat stays safe. Thanks for reading and the vote up!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      My cat use to sit in the middle of the road. People fly by here like crazy including on of my family members. Enjoyed your poem. Voted Up.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Patty--That's funny about the geese. LOL. Animals are so funny--and frightening when it's your pup! Thanks for reading...and for the cool comment.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Sunshine! Me, too! Thank God!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Great poem!- I see animals sitting in the street all the time - even geese sitting down! Geese held up traffic one morning for 15 minutes.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      RusticL--I do know what you mean! Glad your Polka Dot Butt is okay. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm glad all turned out well and your pup is fine:)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      This happened the other day with my Polka Dot Butt! Had no idea she wasn't street smart. She didn't run.. just walked, paying no attention. Fortunately, the car was driving very slow and saw her. Talk about your heart stopping! Sweet poem. Loved it VLynn!:)voted up and shared!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      SanneL--Your heart stopped... Yes, you do know the feeling, huh? That's what it feels like. Such a moment of blind panic. Thanks for commenting.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Aaww, he's adorable! I can imagine how scary it was. I have been there myself, and my heart stopped. Sweet poem that says so much.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, Audrey, very lucky. Thanks!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Been there! And aren't you lucky that your pup is still with you! So sweet!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh, Ruchira, I'm so sorry for your friend. I know that must be an awful feeling as I know it's awful just to think about it. Just my dog getting out and having to chase him down was awful. I'm so thankful he is safe. Gosh. Makes me sick for your friend. Thanks for your sweet comments.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      oh I can totally relate to this one.

      My friend's dog was run down by a car as he was trying to run across the road when my friend accidently left the door open. Gosh, the scene was horrifying and she still wishes that the door should have been double checked...

      no regrets here, vicki as long as your pet is safe in your hands. bless him, he is an angel.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yeah, Lord! Gizmo is my little movie star. I panicked when I thought he was in danger. Gosh, I can't imagine. He was brought into a passel of cats, so they all accept him as one of them. Heck, they probably think he's a cat! Thanks, dear Lord!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Great [poetry. So loving!! Gizmo is a movie star per se! Six cats? Wow! Thanks sweet friend for the inspiration.

      LORD

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, poet83. This poem came from overwhelming emotion! A sudden rush of feeling....

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, teaches. I do find him irresistible!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Hyphenbird. I'm very thankful he was okay. He did stop my heart but gave me great material to write about. I came inside and wrote it down immediately. My heart didn't slow down for quite a while, though, just thinking about it....

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Cassandra! He IS cute, isn't he? :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh, no, swb! That is so sad. How scary! Is he okay besides the eye? Oh, my gosh. I'm so sorry. I try to be so careful and would feel horrible if my little buddy got out into the street.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, mollymeadows. Yes, I freaked. He's an adorable, rambunctious little boy! Cutest thing ever!

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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      This a very simple yet intriguing poem. Sometimes the shortest poems have the most to say. Thanks for sharing! Voted up!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Jools--Barreling was the perfect word! He was pushing through, unstoppable! You should use it. Let me know when you do, and I'll be right over to read what you wrote. LOL! Thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      What's that, armas?

      writer20--Thanks so much! I appreciate it, Joyce!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I know, Cardisa. It's terrifying! yes, he's a doll. Thanks for validating that. LOl!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Patriette--I am glad he's safe, too. I know I'll lose him one day, but, please God, not like that!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      effer, I hear ya! I don't know if I would look either. It's such a scary feeling. You're right in describing how your hear jumped out of your chest. When my Gizmo as a pup sat in the middle of the road, I was freaking out. My boyfriend actually headed out toward the road at the time I was chasing Gizmo, planning to try to stop any cars that came. At least it wasn't a 4 lane highway. I can't imagine. What terror you must have felt! Gosh! Those varmints!!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, emilybee. It's so scary, isn't it? They can be gone in a flash!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      That is one irresistable look! Love the poem,it is so appropriate for the puppy.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      He is so sweet. I know your heart just stopped. Thankfully he was not injured and in his mind, he was probably just giving you some writing prompts. lol

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      Cassandra Goduti 5 years ago from Guilford, Connecticut

      As cute as the puppy.

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      Scott Biddulph 5 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

      My little dog was hit by the mail truck three months ago. He lost one of his eyes. I had left the gate open and he chased the mail truck. I felt horrible. Nice poem-WP

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      What an adorable little face. No wonder you freaked! Glad he's okay, and cute, cute poem.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Victoria, great photos which illustrate your poetic tale so well and how I long to use the word 'barreling' in a poem - I love that word (we don't use it over here too often).

      Love it! Voted up n shared.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, Vellur, my heart sure jumped. If something had happened to him...oh, my gosh, I don't even want to think about it!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      She is so precious and your poem is very cute, love it.

      Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      glmclendon-- Sometimes I feel my heart is too tender. Thanks so much.

      traslochimilano--Thanks for reading and for the nice compliment.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, kevins...because it did really happen! :-) Really made me panic. Thanks for the votes!

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      armas 5 years ago

      poems my about a bicycle

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      LOL LOL, just like a first time parent! BTW, he is so cute! Yes, we always react like that with our babies...lol

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      Patriette 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Glad your little Gizmo is safe and sound!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh Victoria.....you brought me back to the tme my baby, Toby, was a just a pup and scrambled away from me to chase a cat!! Right into the road.....a 4-lane highway!!....My heart nearly jumped right out of my chest. Thank God there was nothing coming, because I was so frantic to get him, even "I" didn't look....both of us could have been clobbered!! (The little BRAT!!) lol

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, Bill, an animal lover I am! And it was such a scary moment when I thought my little guy was in danger. Thanks for reading this one!

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      My boyfriend's dog is very small like yours, and quick. When she gets outside accidentally without a lease, she takes off across the entire neighborhood. Running after her is a seriously stressful run because she's so small and we worry she'll get hit! I'm glad you got yours back safe and sound :)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great poem, your dog looks very cute. Your heart must have jumped out when he ran off like that. Good nothing happened.

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      traslochimilano 5 years ago from USA

      You are a good poem writer.

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      glmclendon 5 years ago

      Good poem Good writing. You have a tender heart.

      Stay Well

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Jenna! Yes, they are!

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Great poem and I could see this actually happening. voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So, Vicki, one dog and six cats? You wouldn't happen to be an animal lover would you? :) Great poem...I'm pretty sure most of us have experienced that adrenalin rush when we think our pet is in danger. Well done friend!

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      Jenna Pope 5 years ago from Southern California

      Beutiful poem. Animals are wonderful. Voted up.