Year of the Dog

Year of the Dog

A Poem by barleygirl
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so many sad losses . . .

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Twenty-eighteen is the year of the dog
so I humbly submit my canine monologue
the land of the free is a perpetual clog
since we’ve a ban on weapon dialogue.

My childhood dog a poodle named Tommy
scrubbed his own fur in a rubbish tsunami
at the sight of snippers so ready to claw me
with the angry anguish of a grieving mommy.

Throughout my teens I adored my Amore
his baying hunt would echo from faraway
on stubby legs he never really cornered prey
unlike the school shooters who steadily slay.

I’ll never forget my black lab named Merle
with sky blue eyes and a white chest whorl
in front of the fire he’d circle and then curl
spasmodic slumber like a haunted schoolgirl.

Over the years Harley, Marlee, and Barley
some were sweet and others were snarly
many sad losses like our inability to parley
as the prevalence of war guns grows so gnarly.




© 2018 barleygirl



Author's Note

barleygirl
A spoof on how we're told to respect victims of school shootings:
"now is not the time (never the time) to discuss gun control!"

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Apart from the poignant photo to illustrate this poem., Margie, your "spoof" is a nostalgic account of the loyalty of our canine friends compared to the calculated indifference of the WH to those they are supposed to protect. Their honeyed words and
crocodile tears are , no doubt, prompted, even scripted, by the NRA donations to Congress.
N.



Posted 7 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

7 Months Ago

We are getting closer & closer to reaching the critical mass required to outspend the NRA money in p.. read more



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Lost dogs, lost school children, lost sanity in this country. Your excellent poem weaves them all together in a biting roll call- pun intended. Shooting death-toll rises, yet gun-control dialogue is nonexistent- how can this be? And a ‘leader’ who will pardon himself if indicted. Can we say, “dictatorship”? I remember all my doggie-angels too Margie. They, in their inherent nobility and unconditional love, would set a better example for us all to follow.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

3 Months Ago

You are expressing a few of the many outrages I am bombarded with daily (as we all are!) It's so har.. read more
Dear Margie, I love dogs but sadly don't own one, as we have cats, and my other half not over keen on the time you have to dedicate to our canine friends. Cats just look after themselves more or less. Your furry friends must have given you a great deal of joy over the years. One day I will own a dog, that is a promise I have made to myself. In the meantime I get my fix through walking my grandson's blue staffie, from time to time. I adore that dog, and she shows me such wonderful affection. As to the guns issue, coming from the UK, I have to say I do not understand the fixation on guns. We do not get it, especially after all the dreadful incidents in schools etc. I have to say I applaud the youngsters for taking a stand. I am right with you there. I so get you girlie on this issue. Your writing always food for thought, always has great rhythm and rhyme. Unique style you have Margie, would know your writing anywhere.

Chris



Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

3 Months Ago

Thank you for your long & enjoyable share! It reminds me of waiting years for my German Shepard to f.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Nothing wrong with doggie devotion Margie.
Margie,when I was in junior and senior high school in Mechanicsburg. students who hunted deer were allowed to bring their deer rifles to school,and put them in their locker until noon and then leave to go hunting. They had to go to school for a couple hours so as not to be truant. What a different world now! Terry.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

3 Months Ago

I grew up around guns, nobody ever locked them up, & kids knew the respect required at a very early .. read more
Terry L & Linda L Shuff

3 Months Ago

That's true of most American gun owners now.I don't have a clue as how to keep our young people saf.. read more
Bad day at school, just shoot the class up.
Buy one of the big guns. Get as many bullets as your pockets can fill.
Nobody will ask you why you want that big rifle, the gun law says you can buy it.
Will it ever stop? No.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

3 Months Ago

More & more I'm so glad I never had kids. I know that's a selfish point of view, but everyone else i.. read more
Margie,
Your title certainly drew me in and your verses on furry friends brought many smiles and tears as fond and painful memories alike flooded over and through some of my deepest emotions.
So many beautiful little friends have come and gone over the years, and the ones living beside me now will one day leave, too, but as painful as it to see them depart one by one I cannot imagine life without their ever belloved and enjoyed companionship.
Beautifully rendered in a flow few can come close to, and the spot-on mono-rhymes gifted this excellent piece a special charm all its own.
The turning ending brings about a whole 'nother level of sad emotions altogether. Since recorded history, humankind has devised methods of annihilating one another, and it's doubtful whatever we rid ourselves of, that something will not always rear its ugly head, as it always has. Something in us is inherently against peace. How, I wish ridding the world of guns was the ultimate answer. But, for now, it seems, at least a race that can put men in outer space and on the moon could devise a way to control crazy people and protect us against ourselves … alas, c'est la vie.

Movingly powerful, Margie … one of the most impacting pieces of yours I've read.
Bless you always, M'Dear, Caring Friend ⁓ Richard

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

3 Months Ago

Thank you for your amazingly thoughtful analysis of my message. Some people only saw the "dog" part .. read more
Richard

3 Months Ago

Yes, Margie, I can easily relate to your angst … as you've shared, it considerably reflects my own.. read more
I hope and pray that it will not be too late for the young
people of today to finally take over the reins of government
and bring some sanity back. The NRA is NOT the answer.
When they can't see the logic of not allowing the mentally
ill access to weapons of mass destruction they certainly
don't have the welfare of the greater majority of the people
in mind.

Take care - Dave

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

6 Months Ago

I love that you really GET me here! *smile* Some readers did not see that this is mainly a poem abou.. read more
Dave

6 Months Ago

I'm always so pleasantly surprised at how much you and I seem to think alike.

Take ca.. read more
I liked your words and thoughts my friend. Gun control. I believe each state must control. Federal Government 18 trillion in debt. Can control a one person latrine. Seven killing in the school. A scary world for the children. A worthwhile write dear friend.
Coyote

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

7 Months Ago

This debate gets more & more ridiculous. I'm proud of the young folks for their honest approach & I .. read more
Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

I pray for better days.
It's really a sweet poem...the flow is very nice..gd job!!

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

7 Months Ago

Thank you for stopping by to read me & leave your encouraging words! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie
I admire the clever approach. It's provocative in such a subtle manner that you can't help smile with a grin for the originality. Nice work. I like it.



Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

7 Months Ago

Thank you for stopping by to read me . . . haven't seen you in my newsfeed lately, so I'll go check .. read more
duff

7 Months Ago

You are very welcome my friend.
Margie, you truly are so talented. Your alliterations are the best I've seen on here. Please, don't hesitate to send me read requests as I thoroughly enjoy reading your poetry.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

7 Months Ago

This is such an honor! I'm just trying to survive a tough stretch of life and poetry is my salve, so.. read more

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