I Am A Monster

I am the monster who hurt the dog. I did it out of love. Flicked the ball time after time and she ran in the dust and the stones. Her soft coat flowed back – black and white waves – and when she ran back her breath was short and tight and her eyes glowed. When I saw she was tiring I took the ball off her and she looked sad and hurt and she lay down on the shingled road and set her jaw in the dust. It was only later – distracted – I noticed her limp, saw that a foot was bleeding. I did that. I hurt her and I fell to her side and tried to hug her and she pulled away because dogs don’t understand hugs. So I lay beside her and she understood that, and I stroked her sore leg and cursed the pain of the joy.

6 Responsesso far.

  1. Editor Editor says:

    I agree with @Mark Prisco Tight! Really good to see a different direction it works here

  2. john keast john keast says:

    Well well well. Thank you for mentioning it.

  3. peterlebaige peterlebaige says:

    Was watching such a dog yesterday running through long grass across a slope, a coat of your black and white waves, and remembered your poem, John!

  4. john keast john keast says:

    Thank you, Mark. Thought I’d try something a bit different.

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