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Apr 6, 2018

I am three.
I was spanked for some reason
so I crawl into the dog bed
with Smokey, our labrador retriever.
He is kind to me, concerned. I sob into his fur,
he licks me. His bed is a pile of small rugs
on the kitchen floor,
I crawl between his legs and lay in his embrace.
They don’t bother me there.
Smokey doesn’t like other dogs.
When we move to Cassville
he gets in a fight
He kills or injures another dog.
My parents tell me
“We took him to a farm where he won’t fight
with other dogs”
For years I beg to visit him.
They say we can’t.
About five years later I’m playing dolls
with my friend Sandy. We’re about ten.
I say I want to visit Smokey.
She says, “My parents said your parents
put him to sleep.”
I confront my parents when I go home.
They can’t believe I’m still thinking about him.

Kimmy Sophia BrownKimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember.She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.

She writes the column "From the Back Porch" as well as reviews of music in her column "MusicViews". Her goal in her music reviews is to introduce music she loves to people who may not have heard that particular artist or CD. For information about how to submit a CD for review, click here.

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