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Watcher Under The Table – A Poem By Carol J Forrester

Exhausted, your prostate yourself,
legs aloft and crooked,
chin tilted towards some ceiling corner
as if to suggest you were focused
on anything but us.
you follow footsteps with a beady eye,
wriggle your spine against tile,
happiness thumping in rapid, swishing beats.

As Lillian shared a lovely doggy snap with us tonight, I thought I’d include a sketch I did last month. I’m currently 9,000 words deep in NaNoWriMo, but when I’m not writing I have a go at improving my drawing skills, which mainly involves many hours of looking, sketching, going ‘well that’s shit”, erasing and trying again.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Dogs have an infinite capacity for happiness, especially when their humans are near. Nice poem and drawing combo, Carol.

  2. Happiness from a dog’s point of view! I love your quadrille and your sketch, Carol. These lines reminded me of Jasper, our little terrier who has been gone twelve years now and who we still miss:
    ‘legs aloft and crooked,
    chin tilted towards some ceiling corner
    as if to suggest you were focused
    on anything but us’.

  3. Ah….you liked our singing Percy! He’s quite the dog 🙂 My son told us when they got him, he was supposed to be a small dog. Well, we met him when he was 3 months old and knew from the size of his paws he was NOT going to be small 🙂 But, we had no idea he’d be musical 🙂

    Loved this post….and most especially these words:
    “happiness thumping in rapid, swishing beats.”
    Is there anything or anyone who can show their happiness as effusively as a dog’s behind with tail wagging and hips wagging too? They just WRIGGLE with happiness!

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