Bio Note: I am a stay-at-home father to six children and one dog, all of us managed by a goddess of a woman. Given my work, most of my writing has always tended to be about my experiences raising these miniature versions of me, though the COVID era has introduced some darker themes of loneliness and pessimism, which is why, two years ago, we got our first dog, a golden doodle named Geddy (any Rush fans out there?) This month's poems are all inspired by and about him. Previously I have poems published in Verse-Virtual, Rat's Ass Review, and Streetlight Magazine.
Green Dog Blues
My poor dog came to the back door, green from paws to hips and shoulders, his snout and haunches as well, after a morning romp on the newly trimmed yard with Duke, his best puppy dog pal. Geddy had been bathed late last week. His white and orange fur glows when clean, and he smelled for those five days of French lavender and sugared oatmeal. On nights like those, we share our bed with him. Now, he begs to be let inside, soft green paws padding the door, apologetic. He smells too much like a lawnmower, knows he will sleep in the doghouse tonight, penance for his master’s mistakes.
Tho’ I am a dog of modest wag, know this: The small spot of pee on your carpet, marked now by an embarrassing-to-you, larger-than-really-necessary clean spot was never meant as a mark of territory nor as some canine disdain for you and your assumed human superiority. I only needed to pee, and to keep you distracted while I chewed your dirty socks and retrieved the forbidden chocolates you hide so poorly under the bed. Someday, after I have gone, you will look back, sighing forever that I am no longer there, struck by the phantom leash weight draining forever away from your hand, the gentle pull of your best friend. I hope you’ll enjoy your fully clean carpets, your evenly and naturally worn-out socks, and the relative safety of your chocolate. You always were my favorite, my world… I could never have wagged enough.
©2022 Nate Jacob
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