A Christmas Puppy

‘A Christmas Puppy’

They took you in then they soon found out
You were trouble to them, now they want you out!
They don’t want your noise, your little accidents
They just want peace, and good riddance!
They thought a dog would be fun, they’d take it for walks
But a few months later, they shout when you bark
A few months later the walks are no more…
You sit by the window and stare at the door
You’ve nothing to do but what do they care
You’re no longer a pup and they’ve no money to spare
So you don’t get your walks and you’ll sometimes go hungry
They’ll go to the pub and piss up their money
You’ll get tied in the garden come rain or come shine
You’re slowly forgotten under the washing line
You’ll wander in circles and sleep out the hours
Chew on your tail and dig up the flowers
You’ll hear other dogs as they pass on the street
You’ll long to be with them, share a game, have a treat
But no one in your house will notice your plight
As they close the curtains and turn on the lights
The winter will come and they’ve almost forgotten…
That there’s you in the cold and your dog house is sodden
You’ve nothing to play with and nothing to eat
And nobody can see you through the fence from the street
You’ve sat there for months in your own quiet hell
A puppy they bought off a bloke they knew well
He’s got a new litter n’ he’s selling again
And already it’s Christmas, but now you’re in pain
Your eyes are like hollows, your ribs are on show
You’re broken by sorrow but nobody knows
As you lick your sore feet and wince, how you hurt…
You’re wasting away to a grave in the dirt
But inside the festive dinner is served
And a present is given to a very young girl
She screams with joy as the box opens up
And there in the corner, is a new fluffy pup!
Farewell to young Bess in the garden, you died…
You didn’t have long, a year then goodbye
They buried you, said you were sickly and bad
But this new dog they’ve got is the best that they’ve had.

Written and narrated by Maria Daines
2010

http://www.maria-daines.com

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