#56

Judith Sander
If I Were a Dog by Richard Shelton
I would trot down this road sniffing
on one side and then the other
peeing a little here and there
wherever I felt the urge
having a good time what the hell
saving some because it’s a long road
 
but since I’m not a dog
I walk straight down the road
trying to get home before dark
 
if I were a dog and I had a master
who beat me I would run away
and go hungry and sniff around
until I found a master who loved me
I could tell by his smell and I
would lick his face so he knew
 
or maybe it would be a woman
I would protect her we could go
everywhere together even down this
dark road and I wouldn’t run from side
to side sniffing I would always
be protecting her and I would stop
to pee only once in awhile
 
sometimes in the afternoon we could
go to the park and she would throw
a stick I would bring it back to her
 
each time I put the stick at her feet
I would say this is my heart
and she would say I will make it fly
but you must bring it back to me
I would always bring it back to her
and to no other if I were a dog.
 
More art by Judith Sander here.
 
Recommended listening: Mon homme – Sidney Bechet
 
 
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