A Dog in Need of Attention

by Albert Van Hoogmoed

HE'S been fairly quiet
for several days
No noise from the pen
in the back where he stays.

I haven't thrown bottles
or hammers or shoes
to stop him from howling
when he’s got the blues.

I noticed he's cut back
on eating his food.
Perhaps he's not hungry
or not in the mood.

He's not drinking water
like he always will.
He lies in the corner,
keeps perfectly still.

He doesn't appear
to be snapping at flies
and just hasn't moved
from the spot where he lies.

So maybe I shouldn't
have kept him outside
and I might have noticed
the day that he died.

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