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STRAY MAN WITH A STRAY DOG

 


STRAY MAN WITH A STRAY DOG

-         K. V. Dominic (India)

 

A stray man with a stray dog

stuck my eyes in my morning walk

along the long veranda

of municipal shopping complex

Monsoon showers prevent

me from walking outside

Got a little irritated

when he started smoking

sitting on the veranda

My anger melted into

deep compassion

seeing his hands shivering

frequently out of fits

Dog watches him lying nearby

Black beauty, neat and sweet!

Who says black is not beautiful?

Dog finds him as saviour

since he shares whatever he eats

Stray man and stray dog

No difference between them

Abominable to cruel society

I gave him hundred rupees

to appease his hunger

and that of his dog

He may not survive long but

Mother Earth will sustain his dog

 

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