The Poet Meets Bruno & Doggerel


Madeline Rogero
(865) 215-2040

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Poems inspired by time spent with University of Tennessee Police Department Officer Jeffrey Quirin and K-9 Officer Bruno on July 18, 2018

By Marilyn Kallet

Officer Quirin, K9 Officer Bruno, KalletThe Poet Meets Bruno

Poetry is my thread 
through the labyrinth. 
Like Bruno, the K-9,
I persist. His reward is a slice
of hot dog. Mine, 
a taste 
of song.


I know someone smarter than you know––
his name is Officer Bruno.
He's K-9, 
this new friend of mine.
His Alpha is Officer Quirin
who is also not fearin'
any bad guys of any size.
I feel protected from foes,
long as I'm near fearless Bruno.
(And as long as he gets his toy back!)
He dreams of hot dogs and so do I.
of picnics without politics, in mid-July.