Dogfriend

By MH

I never spoke two words to you
Yet you love me
I didn’t have to ask, however
You gave me my name
Even the place you live called home
I’m able to live just the same
I’m even cool that you always dominate our exchange
I have to feed off of you
When you’re happy, I’m ecstatic
When you’re angry, I’m mad
When you’re down, I can’t help but feel sad
I move off of you and obey your commands
One-way communication since I can’t speak
But all your words I understand
Could you ask for a better friend?

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5 Comments

  1. Adelaide on February 5, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    “You gave me my name”- that line is so lovely! I really like how you played with perspective here. It’s clear that you care deeply about your dog. I like how you end on a question, leaving the reader wanting to hear more. You use parallel sentence structure in a way that illuminates your purpose. Can’t wait to read more from you!

  2. Kimberlie Hogan on February 15, 2019 at 11:56 AM

    This poem reminds me of my dog. So quiet and yet gives me everything I need. Powerful and thoughtfully written.

  3. Kayelynn on April 15, 2020 at 5:09 PM

    MH,

    Adorable tribute to your furry friend! I’ve felt the same way about many of my pets, they’re always there when you need love or a comforting presence. You’re never judged or unappreciated with a pet. Amazing writing and I can’t wait to see what you come out with next!

  4. Jocelyn Matos on April 28, 2020 at 5:24 PM

    When I read this poem I related it to an unborn baby and a mother. There relationship is communicated through pure nurturing. It started when we were babies and we couldn’t cant talk yet! Love is love. We are humans who naturally feed off emotion! The true power is controlling how we feel when we are angry.

    Thank you

  5. JM on November 13, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    Dear MH,

    Thank you for writing and sharing this poem. It reminded me of how easily our relationships with our dogs come– they’re just content to be with you all of the time, and it usually doesn’t take much to communicate with one another despite the obstacle of language. I really liked the line “I move off you and obey your commands,” because, while the relationship is one way and dominating in the poem, this also implies that the dog is making choices based on its owner’s energy, and that feels like a way of communicating even though they can’t speak with one another. Thank you for writing such a powerful poem that reminded me of my own dog and how pleasant his company is!

    Best,
    JM

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