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The New Dogma

October 8, 2009

by C. Albert

Thou shalt not beg,
bite, bark incessantly
nor steal biscuits.

Before the Dog Prophecies
there was only ignorance
and fleas.

Follow the righteous
path to the dog park.

Sit and stay,
Roll over,
Do not eat grass.

Praise ye the one Dog

who smites evil
with thy paws,

who giveth bones
to the hungry—


by C. Albert

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C. Albert lives in Seattle, Washington where she divides creative time between making collage and writing poetry. Publications of her works are upcoming this Fall in Shakespeare’s Monkey Review, Tattoo Highway, and Pirene’s Fountain. Find more of her work at Runaway Moon and Aerial Dreams.

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  1. October 9, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I do believe my dog is a heretic. Still, cute!

  2. aarondietz
    October 12, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    My dog howl is pretty bad, and even worse in text, so I’ll just say, “Hallelujah” as well.

  3. October 14, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Nice harmony between howling and words

  4. SallyMaria
    October 26, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    With the howling, this poem seems so right for the season (pre Halloween). I totally enjoyed this poem!

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