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as if you own your body but no name within
he claws and rips your tender skin.
until you get his orders you're silently waiting
you will catch and bring back the words he was throwing
for giving the exact number on his demand
you're counting your heartbeats; so obedient.
his indications, you're respectfully following
as if you're inhaling what he's exhaling.
you're grateful to your master for his justice
when the collar on your neck brutally squeezes.
his name was Eddie and he had a
big white dog
with a curly tail
like one of those that pulled sleighs
up near the north pole
Igloo he called him
and Eddie had a bow and arrow
and every week or two
he'd send an arrow
into the dog's side
then run into his mother's house
through the yelping
saying that Igloo had fallen on
that dog took quite a few arrows and
but I saw what really happened and didn't
like Eddie very much.
so when I broke Eddie's leg
in a sandlot football game
that was my way of getting even
his parents threatened to sue my
claiming I did it on purpose because
that's what Eddie
well, nobody had any money anyhow
and when Eddie's father got a job
in San Diego
they moved away and left the
we took him in.
Igloo turned out to be rather dumb
did not respond to very much
had no life or joy in him
just stuck out his tongue
slept most of the time
when he wasn't eating
and although he wiped his ass
up and down the lawn after
he usually had a large fragrant smear of
under his tail
when he was run over by an
3 or 4 months later
and died in a stream of scarlet
I didn't feel more than the
usual amount of grief
and I was still glad that I
had managed to
break Eddie's leg.