Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Blackthorne Episode 154

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Cinemagenic 154


“Kiss me and you will see how important I am”.

--Sylvia Plath

1(sound cue) cello and harmonica.

Narrator: Like Christ, Buck received three visitors

while he was healing. 

2(wide shot) Outside the cabin, The vaqueros were

playing cards and drinking morning coffee.

3(dolly shot) into the open front door, into the dark

shadows within. Buck awakened to being kissed--

but not kissed really, more like being licked.

4(three shot) He sat up to find Salina and Henry

attending. On his chest, partially held by Salina

was a big wriggling licking black puppy. He was

whining and wagging his tail so hard it was

thumping. He was soot black, with a star on his

forehead, part Labrador-part German Shepherd.

Salina: Someone wants to meet you.

Buck: Hey, little fella...where’d you come from?

Henry: Doc Sweeney’s bitch had a recent litter.

As the story goes, your dog was one of the

suitors, so they decided you were to have a pup.

Salina: Do you like him?

Buck: No--I love him.

5(sound cue) piano.

The pup barked, and piddled a little in his


Buck held the puppy up: He didn’t have to piss

on me though.

Salina: He is just marking his master. What will

you name him?

Buck: Only one thing I can call him--Cheewa Dos.

The three of them laughed.

Buck, holding his ribs: Christ, don’t make me laugh.

Of course, this made them laugh harder.

Salina: Shall we call him Junior?

Buck: I’m fixin’ to call him Dos. What do you say,

Dos? Dosie boy! 

The pup barked. 

Buck: He likes it. 

He ruffled up the dog’s ears.

Salina: Well, now at least you will have a

sleeping partner.

Buck: With my luck, he’ll probably be a bed hog.

Salina: Just don’t smother him in your sleep.

We’re going to ramble on, sweetheart. I’ll be 

back tonight to check on you. 

Buck: Looking forward to it.

She blew him a kiss at the door. Smiling, Henry

blew him a kiss too.

Buck: Get the hell out of here, Sweetpants.

As they exited, Buck snuggled the pup in his


Well, Dos, let me tell you about your Dad. 

Glenn Buttkus

Posted over at d'Verse Poet's Pub OLN


scotthastiepoet said...

Hiya Glenn,
A sweet snatch of an episode here - achieved with a glowing narrative and a pleasing symmetry

JadeLi said...

So happy to read about how Buck has been mending. You had my mind racing with your opening. Great origin story for Dos' name <3

Also good to hear you Tell Truth tonight in your reading.

robkistner said...

Buck rides on — cool to see he is on the way back up. You had asked me about the WC Handy statue on Beale Street. Apparently still there, and now joined by an Elvis statue since after I was there.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

I absolutely love, love this! Such a tender and sweet episode this is, Glenn. I especially enjoyed the part where Buck names the puppy "Cheewa Dos," and how the three of them laugh. Can't wait to read what happens next! ❤️❤️

Gillena Cox said...

What a delightful poem☺

Petru J Viljoen said...

Grown tough men talking to a puppy. Who would've thought? Of course loved it.

Merril D. Smith said...

I love the puppy! A whole different side to things. 🙂

forestbather said...

The scene is alive, soft emotions, sounds, movement, and a puppy to grow up over time....the flow is so very natural...

paeansunplugged said...

What a wonderful episode, Glenn, the puppy adds a sweet note to it.