Away the Strays

All the stray dogs want to come into my home.
My door is closed. So they howl and moan.
Begging for attention like hungry wolves.
I ignore them, for I am not fooled.

But my little sister is kind and sweet.
A heart of gold, dignity and integrity.
She gives her love without any boundary.
So she lets them in, thinking I don’t see.

She gives them food and water,
And bedding to make them warmer.
She gives them her time and attention,
And unconditional love, not to mention.

She is so happy to help them in her way.
And for a while, they enjoy their stay.
So I let them be, and watch from the sidelines.
Such beauty inspires me to open up my mind.

But their loyalty is as real as their next meal.
When they are fulfilled, it becomes a done deal.
They move on quickly, and leave her all alone.
But not before they trash our beautiful home.

For many days after, she cry and wonder why.
She asks me why they keep telling her lies.
I don’t have the right words to give her an answer.
I can only pick up the pieces left over.

She wants a dog, to love and to hold.
But she needs guidance, and rules to be told.
Her heart is big, but her time is finite.
Her innocence should be cherished, and not left to die.

That is why I’m putting a stop to this nonsense.
This vicious pattern must be broken.
I will take back what is stolen,
And make rise again what had fallen.

Class is something money cannot buy.
There is no shame in picking a fruit that’s ripe.
But stay far away from those luring fruit trees,
That grew from tainted and poisoned seeds.

Time to find her a dog of good pedigree.
One trained in etiquette, and from a good family.
One with heart and courage, and integrity.
One who will treat her like a real Lady.

Because a Lady does not belong to a tramp.
Just as a stray does not belong in my camp.
My vetting will bear my lineage’s stamp.
And henceforth given only to the worthy Man.

10.6.2017

~JW

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