The Male Dog, a Poem

Foster Dogs

I've fostered a few dogs, lately...

mutts with shady attitudes, or

unfortunate habits- hard to break,

Copper, a beagle, pug, chihuahua mix,

a perfect storm of beagle belling (a startling noise),

was my first gift-

stubborn pug, and buggly eyes,

and the chihuahua entitlement, all

rolled into one package,

he searched for the perfect place in the universe

to drop his precious pile o' pooh...

maybe over this snowbank, or

down that trail the owner likes to protect

(with his 12 gauge).....

and pee was worse, Copper's pee was worth

a goddamn mint, the way he meted it out!

His owner(on vacation), the local word for jail,

claimed him at last, but no sooner did Mary

have a replacement for me, Little Joe...

a wheezing, crippled chihuahua who peed

and pooped at will, if not taken out 19 times a day,

I'm vacationing, (not jail) from his onerous cough,

which only appears if he's not pleased with the service,

so back to the owner, for a day or two, to let

me heal my brain from the constant grate of his displeasure,


Listen Mary, if you read this-

When I buried Bobby Girl, that was the end to

cats; I'd had the best cat in the universe...

And it's the same with Athena for dogs...

why mess with perfection?

No. My life is not OVER.

NOT lonely.. not sad at all...

by and by....

I'll see them racing across Ollinger's field,

to greet me again...

I'll be home.

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snakeslane 23 months ago from Canada

Oh gosh Lilyfly, taking care of someone else's dog is huge. And the male dog especially. But old and sick? You've got to have a big heart to take that on. Tears for your Athena and Bobby Girl. Good to see you. I'm not qualified to analyse your poetry, I will leave that for Moonfroth, but I've just got to say your truthfulness is powerful and poignant.


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lilyfly 23 months ago from Wasilla, Alaska Author

Snakes, you are fully qualified!I just had to share my frustration at NEVER finding the right place in the universe for Joe, or Copper to Pee Haha!Love yaz, lily


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suziecat7 23 months ago from Asheville, NC

Another wonderful poem. I believe we will see our pets again someday. It's only right - all that love cannot be finite.


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lilyfly 23 months ago from Wasilla, Alaska Author

Suziecat! Long time no see! Thank you for taking the time to comment. Yes, in fact, the ONLY people I want to see are my animals! Hee hee!

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