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Sonnet: The Dog You Bay May Be Your Own

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Sonnet: The Dog You Bay May Be Your Own

by John Kendall Hawkins


If dogs run free, then what must be

Must be, and that is all.

- The Bard from Duluth, "If Dogs Run Free," New Morning


O, there's an itch you can't scratch in your "soul,"

some blues guitarman changing cords midstream

in a mellifluous shimmering dream

song whose iridescence swallows you whole.

The Lost Chord? It might just be tinea.

See a doctor, but not a witch doctor:

He'll acupuncture; he'll chiropractor;

cross your Rubicon with wild zinnia.

Don't know about you, but pins and needles

is what I'm on: voodoo doll for The Man,

who says, Believe me and you will understand,

and goes, tweedle dum and tweedle deedles.

Now I no longer have any itches,

but at night I hear "God's" baying bitches.


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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Australia. His poetry, commentary, and reviews have appeared in publications in Oceania, Europe and the USA, such as Cordite, Morning Star, Hanging (more...)

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