dogs can't write poetry

a dog can never write poetry a dog can only wait and wait and keep
long watch in the kitchen in the stables at the gate or in the warmth of a dung heap
waiting for someone to write one or better yet give him a pat or some meat on a bone
a dog can wait for decades for centuries pacing the courtyard or dreaming alone
for someone to learn to remember for alphabets lost for a smell a refrain
a dog might listen for days to the sound of your voice for the sound of his name

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