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'The Behaviour of Dogs'

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Zaros, Nov 20, 2012.


  1. Zaros

    Zaros Pet Forums, P/resident Evil

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    Yesterday in a dusty and rarely frequented book shop in the big city, my wife discovered a rather tattered looking paperback of Contemporary British Poetry.

    Last night before finally going off to sleep I read a poem entitled 'The Behaviour of Dogs' by Craig Raine.

    Afterwards I thought the piece might also amuse some of the Dog owning community here.:smile5:


    The Behaviour of Dogs.

    Their feet are four-leafed clovers
    that leave a jigsaw in the dust.

    They grin like Yale keys and tease
    us with joke-shop Niagara tongues.

    A Whippet jack-knifes across the grass
    to where the Afghan's palomino fringe

    is part Opera House curtain, part
    Wild Bill Hicock. Its head

    precedes the rest, balanced like
    a tray, aloft and to the left.

    The Labrador cranks a village pump,
    the Boxer shimmies her rump,

    docked to a door knocker, and
    the Alsation rattles a sabre-

    only the ones with crewcuts fight.
    Sportif, they scratch their itches

    like one-legged cyclists sprinting
    for home, pee like hurdlers,

    sh1t like weightlifters, and relax
    by giving each other piggy backs...
     
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