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Good Old Dog

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 19, 2013

Good Old Dog

By Bertha A. Kleinman

I’m so lonely tonight and so sad,
Good old dog!
And I don’t ever want to be glad,
Good old dog!
No – I’ve not even tried –
I’ve just sat here and cried,
Since you went off and died,
Good old dog!

There’s no fun in the world any more,
Good old dog!
Yet they say to be brave, but what for –
Good old dog!
What’s the use without you –
Oh, there’s nothing to do.
And I’d like to die, too.
Good old dog!

What’s the use of my supper in there,
Good old dog?
When there’s no one to lie by my chair,
Good old dog!
I have saved you a bone,
And I’ve whistled you home,
But I know you won’t come,
Good old dog!

When you’ve looked at me straight in the eyes,
Good old dog!
I’ve been awful ashamed of my size,
Good old dog!
When I’ve licked you a whack,
And then stood back and laughed,
Cuz you couldn’t lick back –
Good old dog!

Would you come back again if you could,
Good old dog?
Would you come if you knew I’d be good,
Good old dog?
Oh! I’d make it all right,
Every whack – every fight,
If you’d come back tonight,
Good old dog!

Maybe when I get big I’ll be brave,
Good old dog!
And I won’t sit so long by your grave,
Good old dog!
But tonight the boys call,
And I won’t hear at all,
For I just want to bawl,
Good old dog!

(1918)



3 Comments »

  1. Interesting use of exclamation points in such a sad poem. I guess it reminds me that exclamation points do not always accompany superlatives/happy thoughts! Maybe a bit overwrought, but I could really feel this author’s pain . . . she’s just laying it out there.

    Still, who “fights” with their dog? And did she actually kill him?

    Comment by David Y. — November 19, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

  2. I kept picturing a ten-year-old in shorts and a striped t-shirt, with red hair and tears streaking his somewhat dirty face, trying to act tough but hurting so bad that his thoughts came out with the force of exclamation points. But yeah, the idea of whacking his dog rather than merely rough-housing was jarring to me, too.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 19, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

  3. This hits too close to home.

    Comment by Mark B. — November 20, 2013 @ 5:58 am

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