The Dog

THE DOG

THE SNOW,
HINDERED THE POOR DOG EVEN MORE,
IN A LANDSCAPE,
OVERSHADOWED BY MOUNT VISO,
WHERE MOST, CRUEL IN THEIR ACTIONS,
IGNORED THE SUFFERING OF AN INNOCENT.
WHOSE BROKEN LEG HUNG, SWUNG,
AS IT LIMPED AND HOBBLED,
PLEADING WITH LOSTEYES FOR HELP,
WATCHED AS ALL PASSED,
IN COMMENT BUT NOT IN POSSESSION.
UNTILANNA, WHO ACTED UPON LOVE,
SAVED THE EMACIATED WRETCH.

LIFE CAN BE CRUEL AND HARD ENOUGH,
BUT TO IGNORE A WRETCH SUCH AS THIS,
IS TO IGNORE OURSELVES,
AND THIS WAY SURELY LEADS NOWHERE!
THINK ON THIS WAY,
THE NEXT TIME YOU STANDBY,
WHEN YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!
PICTURE YOURSELF ABANDONED,
LONELY AND AFRAID,
WITH ONLY HOPELESSNESS
IN A BARREN VISTA OF DISMISSAL,

by Barry Conway

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