AUNTIE AND MUTT.

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BOY AND AUNTIE AND THE DOG IN THE 1950S

Submitted: July 16, 2012

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Auntie cut the rind

off the bacon

and offered it

to the dog

 

but before the dog

could put his lips to it

you made off with it

down the cast iron stairs

 

beside the barrack block

and the dog followed you

barking as it did so

and once you reached the ground

 

you went off

onto the grass

and the dog

chased you

 

and jumped up at you

trying to reach

the bacon rind

you held between fingers

 

and Auntie called over

 the metal rail

let the mutt have it

don’t tease him

 

and so you bit

the rind in half

and gave the mutt one half

and ate the other yourself

 

but sometimes after Auntie

put the bacon rind

in the dog’s bowl

you picked it up

 

and tossed it

over the balcony rail

onto the ground below

and the dog raced down

 

the stairs after it

but now and then

you pretended

to toss it over

 

and after the dog

raced off

you would hold it

over the side of the rail

 

and called to the mutt

and said

I still got it mutt

and the dog raced back

 

up the stairs

and you sat there

on the metal landing

and the dog came

 

and licked and nuzzled you

and you gave the dog

the bacon rind 

and he licked you

 

and wagged its tail

and Auntie called out

what are you up to?

what are you doing now?


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