First Contact

Click, click, click
go the claws
creeping towards
the unawares child.
Distracted, playing,
jumping, bouncing.
Closer and closer
lurks the beast.
Out darts the tongue
lapping up
milky discharge.
The child laughs,
giggles, turns.
With an innocent hand
strokes the dogs nose
and smiles at
the family pet.

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