This black dog of mine
is a bit of a mongrel
though admittedly
I wouldn’t care for a pedigree one

This impolite piece of shit
humps the leg
of everyone who feeds it
with pleading puppy eyes
acting all cute
and very, very hungry

I’ve made him a bag
all covered up in smiles
to carry him around
take him everywhere I go

I cough when he barks
or rather sneeze
– it explains the tears better

Just like any mongrel
he showed up one day

I didn’t understand
when people asked me about a black dog
sharing my plate with me
or pointed out
where he slept on my bed

I was certain I knew what dogs look like
Four legs, a tail, a face that doesn’t look
like a cat’s one, I mean
it’s not that difficult, right?

I still find it hard to see him
but I can feel him
licking my hand
He gives a paw when I ask for it
I just can’t teach him how to play fetch

“Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of gifts and joy. What would you give yourself, if you could have anything? What would you give someone else?” The prompt at was a positive one.

This poem is dedicated to all involuntary black dog parents. I wish you a leash, a collar, a muzzle and a good veterinarian.


12 thoughts on “Down!

  1. Dawn D

    Beautiful Angela. I am sorry you know the black dog. He’s not fun to carry around, and then people wonder why we’re so tired, when he’s always there, in his bag, hanging from our shoulder.

    1. Angela van Son Post author

      I’ll claim I’m more of a cat person – but that won’t help 😉 Yes, it costs a lot of energy. I only realised how much when I felt better for a while. I remembered what the world was like before…

  2. M

    i know something of black dogs. which, like most dogs, are better than most humans. maybe not better listeners, but maybe so ~


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