Wednesday, 23 April 2008

For Max: dog star

O, Maxi, Maxi, dog divine,
Saliva-spewing friend of mine:
I miss your loose-lipped canine smile,
The poos you left in me in a pile,
Your cheerful early-morning starts,
Your suffocating late-night farts,
The way you terrorised the chicks
And dug the garden up for kicks,
Your upside-down demented sleep,
Your ‘scary’ growl, so loud and deep,
Your sweet, soft eyes and gentle soul,
Your love affair with your food bowl,
How shadows make you jump in fright
How you bark but never bite.
You ate the plants, you chewed the trees
You slobbered muchly on my knees,
But Maxi, what a thing you are:
A bright and shining doggy star.

The constellation Canis Major – Orion’s hunting dogs – is known as the Great Dog. Sirius, the Dog Star, is one of the brightest objects in the night sky.

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