image from Visual Verse.
Man With a Plan
It was 1880,
and the journal Science was first published,
financed by Thomas Edison,
the Australian police captured outlaw Ned Kelly,
and P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey
combined their circus troupes.
George Kellogg was a consummate animal lover.
He opened a small pet shop in Portland, Or.,
where Edison’s ship, the S.S. Columbia
completed its maiden voyage.
At first, George only carried dogs, cats, & birds;
from mutts to pure-breds,
from Tabbys to Siamese,
from Magpies to parrots.
By the second year his shop
stocked exotic snakes and rodents.
He became quite wealthy,
and he opened another shop
up north in Seattle, but it was a disaster,
closing down in six months.
Too many lumberjacks, seamen and roughnecks
up there, thought George; but the truth was
there were just too many
snake and rodent haters up there .
Kim Russell inspired me to write this and submit it
to Visual Verse; smile .
Posted over at d'Verse Poets PubOLN