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Dogs of December

Dogs of December

A Poem by Fabian G. Franklin

The Pack Mentality



Dogs of December, out in the dark

Stand before houses they've chosen

Paths remembered; devout in their bark

Rising from breath that is frozen


A chorus of wolves; they seem in the night

Bemoaning the bright yellow moon

Before the hour of dawn's first light

They howl an unholy and haunting tune


Pack of homeless hounds and strays

Fur bristled and snarling bare fang

They roam the dark till light of day

Not answering to human name


Running for warmth; having no heat

Fighting the cold and each other

Losing all form down darkened streets

Bold at the throat of a brother


Picture the dog who by master sits

Or lies on a rug at his feet;

How they would like to tear him to bits

And gnaw his bones for their meat


Above, a glittering lonely light

Falls hard through clouds to the ground

Sparkling where the dew has turned white

And stiffened to frost all around


Swift and smooth; the soft crunch of paws

Belies their thoughts of violence

Until from growling massive jaws

A howling breaks their silence


The fire of sun will find tomorrow

Burning dark terrors to embers

But tonight they sing of envy and sorrow

Beware the dogs of December

© 2017 Fabian G. Franklin

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WOW! This is powerfully stated while also lyrical. Great rhyme & rhythm to convey this two-sided tale, where your dog themes are sometimes sadly likened to the animalistic instincts of humans. The twisted refrain of sorrow mixed with noble survival makes for a haunted tone (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 6 Days Ago

Parallel realities of the luck of the draw
Volunteering at an animal shelter didn't change my perspective on animals...but severely skewed my view of people ...with a raw insider privilege
Written as only one who knows animals with both eye and heart...well done

Posted 1 Week Ago

Fabian G. Franklin

1 Week Ago

Thanks for reading my dear friend, glad to see you here. Bless.
ahahaha i love it ..all dogs come from wolves ...all have primitive seeds ...of course mine would never ever bite me or gnaw my bones ;) fine read for me ..nice work with rhythm and rhyme ..never an easy choice ..i am a dog lover and so related and enjoyed the story .. also brings thoughts of Werewolves to mind ... we actually had a almost full and yellow moon rise last night ... almost made me howl in delight! :)

Posted 1 Week Ago

Fabian G. Franklin

1 Week Ago

Thanks. I love wolves. A friend of mine had a three quarter wolf/ one quarter husky was hu.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Week Ago

what a great story ... they know who the friends are don't they .. my Bull Mastif is 9 yrs old and w.. read more
As a dog lover, this was heartbreaking.
However, it's quite well written, and that's what good poetry does. It moves you.

Posted 1 Week Ago

Fabian G. Franklin

1 Week Ago

Yes... I'm a lover of all sorts of animals, domestic and wild. But I've had dogs and cats that were .. read more
Carnal Salvation, desiring basic needs. Survival of the fittest

Great Read


Posted 1 Week Ago

Fabian G. Franklin

1 Week Ago

Thanks, glad you enjoyed. Inspired by a pack of strays.
Matthew Kult

1 Week Ago

You are welcome


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Added on November 6, 2017
Last Updated on November 6, 2017


Fabian G. Franklin
Fabian G. Franklin

Boone, NC

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