The thought of clean underwear never crossed my mind.
Upon impact my brain turned deaf and blind.
An internal voice had insisted he would stop,
but he’s outside the car window, callin’ a cop.
Immobile in my seat on today’s birthday bash.
No bodily injury, nor graveyard smash.
The meal served at my party is a T-bone crash.
His fault, Mr. Mercedes, with the gray mustache.
Frozen at the intersection of space and time
Cars try to pass, uninvolved in the crime.
I can’t drive away, or reverse to pre-disaster,
side airbag hangs, grateful we weren’t going faster.
Trembling hands drop the phone
in shock, reacting on their own.
I call my spouse on his way to the gym
Briefly, I whimper why I won’t be meeting him.
He comes to my rescue, limbs begin to thaw.
Observing him take charge I wonder in awe
the purpose for this interruption on this very day.
Could I have sped up to get out of the way?
If thought becomes real, what motive in my head?
I’m quite certain I didn’t favor myself dead.
Perhaps I desired a safer auto, yes please.
This one surrendered with the greatest of ease.
A Policeman intrudes, “Vehicle in neutral?”
Uncovering the reason is probably futile.
I steer as they push me to the side of the road
and start up my car with a keyless code.
Weeks later, I still hear the crunching sound,
feel the strain of my body being jarred around.
Then I smile with relief, recalling a mother’s lament.
I had worn clean underwear in case of an accident.
-Fern Goodman 10/17
…The artful photographs are complemented by the writer’s razor-sharp wit and sense of the absurd,
making the final composition a delightful read.
…The writing, by Fern Goodman, gives to the picture of each dog, not only its identity, but
a special luminescence. Some descriptions make us laugh, others make us think, and all are
perfectly phrased to encapsulate and illuminate the picture before us. Each photo/story is
compelling yet rapidly traced, like an old-fashioned zoetrope, where we are amazed and
transfixed by the moving images. Each story takes hold and reminds us, once again, that people
who love dogs and write about them surely deserve our highest regard. For they are the ones who
translate our feelings, which would otherwise go unexpressed and leave us hollow, unable to
explain this extraordinary, time-honored relationship, the one that exists between each of us who
ever had, and loved, a dog.
If you love dogs, photography or just the joy of the well-written word, Captured is a book
you must have, to keep, to savor and enjoy, to return to again and again.
Soon to be released book-Captured….the look of the dog
Authors: Fern Goodman and Gloria Yarina
“Re-bark-able” -CH Fortunetellers First Knight, Nigel (Black Standard Poodle)
“Simply De-bite-ful” -Stucky Sims (Staffordshire Bull Terrier from Fresno Bully Rescue)
“A Grrrrreat read” -Elvis ( Hound dog interviewed on the Las Vegas Strip)
Includes eye catching photographs and short treats to read and roll over again and again. Tales and photos by two dog lovin’ sisters.