My Dog

Jennie Tarr, Oldham

The one who listens when I talk
The one who cheers my lonely walk
The one who nuzzles me when I cry
The one who comforts when I sigh
MY DOG.
He’s there when we come home each day
He’s pleased to see us in every way
He’s the one who cares for us
And wags his tail and makes a fuss
OUR DOG.
Who else could match our every mood?
Who else would feast on scraps of food?
Who else would prompt this monologue?
Who else but our faithful dog:
BEN.