The Collar

When I bark or run astray
When I curl up in a ball
When I claw at you and howl through the night
When I destroy everything you own
When I make circles in the sand and dig up the Earth beneath us
When i bite or chew and chew
and chew on something I cannot swallow
When there’s piss and shit or I eat and I’m sick
and i eat it again just to save you the trouble of
cleaning up my mess
When you throw something
When you throw nothing
but I chase it anyway

You stroke my hair to keep me still

And when it’s done
and seven years feels like one
I am no more than an animal
And still you’re my best friend
That’s how you’ll know
you’ve reached me on the most fundamental,
most human of levels


– C.H.Argent


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