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at seventeen.

the moment I rung the doorbell

I thought shit !

what have I done now ?


on a dare -

the sign outside said

“Puppies for sale”

and, nudging me, they dared me

to go on – ask to see her puppies – go on.


I was expecting to see some old crone

but the vision of innocent loveliness

as she came to the door was breathtaking.


I stammered my words redfaced

as she, smiling,

looked over my shoulder

and closing the door said

 Come on through -


to the basket there,

where she turned & asked breezily

  So – what do you think ?

 - lifting her sweater –

would you like to stroke my puppies ?