To Stop the
think it’s preposterous to help a dog,
a mutt that is a thousand mutts,
dog in a cage, a dog in a street, in a field
tall grass, a dog on a chain in a yard
like the dog, looks neglected, a dog
just there, unattended, neither fierce
cute, that if it’s lucky may be unchained
in a shelter given water and food.
dog no one sees or hears, a nondescript
creature, with a beating heart,
devoid of hope, a dog no one wants,
dog no one pets, much less notices.
thinks, Why help a dog, any dog?
got bills to pay. Why give a dog time,
a dog in? Life’s complicated enough
without complicating it with a pet.
could a dog in any way better my life?
rather watch Jeopardy, wash my car,
casino feed coins into a slot machine.
can do more with my time and money
go to a shelter, and leave with a dog.