A Dog With Six Names

This is a poem about a dog
Not just any dog, but our dog.

It’s funny how everyone wanted to
give him a name, but each name was not the same.

Some wanted to call him Tarzan
I called him Rex
My sister who is into books and stuff
Named him Malcolm X
My other younger sister called him Fofi
A tribute to our late dog
I didn’t really mind ‘bout the name
Doesn’t it sound a little like coffee?
My younger brother called him Undertaker
Name of his favorite wrestler
I really loved this name, but mother was like
“Come up with something else, this is not a game”
My older brother called him Jaguar,
A name that’s good for a car

I remember once a friend said,
You should do something before-
Your dog is dead
I can see he’s suffering from multiple personality
You all should do something before you feel guilty
Of his death.

Well to settle this matter
We all gathered - talked, argued
(everyone was so serious)
For many hours composed of seconds and minutes
But we didn’t agree on anything.

“Let me put an end to this controversy
But you should promise that you agree with me,
I have come with the perfect name for the dog
And he shall be named DOG” mother said.

We all agreed.

2/1/2006

by Arsiema Berhane

Comments (17)

Really nice A.B, but if you give me a chance, I would rather stick with ur elder brother's choice(Jaguar) ! ! ! ha ha ha
What is but deep inside a name but a nere label? ... Clark Gable? Spencer Tracey? .. Nothing picked should be way too dirty or even extremely way too racey. If you pick the name Shit For Short... Everybody else will think you are completely crazy. So be cautious when picking that name... For in the end you'll have to 'fess up and take the blame. For in uneducated guesses there can be no shame... Stupid and dumb and idiotic will be your imortal fame. So in short- Just be a non caring sport... Do not give back an unwanted retort. Great poem-Hadda givvitta ten. God bless all poets-MJG.
Great poem full of humour, quirkiness, and humanity. I can really sympathize with the difficulties in choosing a name for a dog. I just might call my new puppy 'Dog' :)
An incredible write - so funny, so true! Dogs have to know their name, or they can't come when called. Your mother was very wise. And you are a fine poet.
lovely write arsiema...i love my dog...and i know how confused she would be if everyone called her differently...nalini
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