December Dog

Good friend,
    old black beast,
    lying in snow,
    rises with pain —

Tail waves "Hello!"
    and continues:
    "You're here at last —
    You'll never guess the battles —
        first, birds, then
        squirrels, then
        kids walking by —
    Repelled them all —
    It was work, let me tell you
        but things are safe now
        for you and her
        and the kid
            and the cat."

"Another day" thinks God,
    "You get another day —
    Just keep talking, friend."

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