Three Old Dogs

Sweet brown dog, the Palace Queen
Who knows exactly what you mean
With every word you send her way,
Stress-drools when walking soon today.

Black Dog, he of muzzle white,
Whose hearing’s weak as well as sight,
Has much more faith in how I can
Protect him from both beast and man.

Then, walking behind both these dears,
Old bitch with ragged telomeres,
I walk as quickly as I can,
Behind these two, an also-ran.

We’re old, we three but still love life:
These two your dogs and I, your wife,
When winnowed down to one from three,
I’ll be your dog, too, happily.


About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
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