March 20, 1997


you cannot stop a dog from being

a dog

once he is outside and on his own he

will bark

forgetting with great enthusiasm

all the habits of the house


and also the scratch on his nose

that cat gave him last time


may as well appreciate that wagging tails

and forgetful minds are part of the package

and love him for what God made him



Written after Duffy went outside to bark.

Wonderful little doggy mind,

always forgetting, always loving.


You Cannot Stop a Dog from Being
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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