Beaten dog

Through the glass

I hear

the rattle of violent words

the dull thud of beating fists

a muffled whine.

I look in time to see

the dog’s eyes implore forgiveness

for the unfathomed fault

the muzzle that stops his tongue saying

Please stop.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

8 thoughts on “Beaten dog”

  1. Rather than take it literally, I imagined my characters, being subjected to emotionally overwrought similes and metaphors.

    Noooooo…. they are all crying.

    Please stop with -ly words! Just let us be who we are!

    But that’s pretty sad. Who hits a puppydog?

    1. We are always told to ditch the adverbs. I wonder why they were ever invented.
      I suppose the person who hits his dog is the same kind of frustrated, angry, brute who hits his girlfriend or his kids.

  2. We can take a rocket to the moon more easily than learn some self control. Why do people always hit those who love the most and can least likely retaliate. And we have the cheek to call ourselves civilised human beings.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    1. Thanks David. If I’d caught the bastard at it I’d have wellied in. Unfortunately he knew I was watching. Pretty obvious since I’d gone out into the street when I heard the shouting. Thought he was bawling out a child at first and I was all fired up to do a citizen’s arrest! He was just holding the dog’s head roaring about not drinking out of puddles. Senseless. The dog had a muzzle so tight he couldn’t bite the bugger, couldn’t even whine properly.

  3. Hi Jane, those last two lines especially hit home. I think you’ve captured the moment perfectly and have said so much in such a short poem. He sounds like a horrible bully who doesn’t deserve to be allowed to keep such a loving, faithful creature. Hope he gets his!! 😦

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