No Free Lunch


Amber - Sun Shot FixNo Free Lunch
by Gerald Locklin

The cat on the back of the sofa
Watching the birds and squirrels
Feed and frolic on the patio
Outside the sliding glass window,
Realizes he is living his life
In a cage
Only slightly larger than that
Of the parakeet.
Courtesy of his loving (themselves) owners,
Who have bought his freedom
From the pet shop or pound,
He has been further relieved of the burdens
Of procreation and child-rearing,
While being afforded a waived tuition
Into what Bunuel nailed as
The Discreet Charms of the Bourgeoisie.

“No Free Lunch” by Gerald Locklin from: Poets and Pleasure Seekers. © Spout Hill Press, 2015.

About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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7 Responses to No Free Lunch

  1. Amber looks quite content with her life. The photo is a prize.

  2. Gyslaine L. says:

    Ambre is a beautiful cat I adore! 🙂

  3. Wes Christianson says:

    Hi, Bruce. I’m not sure how I got in to this site, but Wes was asking about you and saying he hadn’t heard anything for a while. We used to get some of your messages, but I don’t know where (the place) they came from. So, please send Wes something – he’s now using an Ipad. Doesn’t do his own typing, though!!! Our email –

  4. Actually I thought Amber was a looking a little disgruntled !!!!

    And she does it beautifully

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