Black Dog

A lowering dense dark
presence at his shoulder
the black dog billows
above him, around him.
He does not look at
kith and kin, workmates,
friends who share his joys,
fascinations, satisfactions
in life, alongside him.

His deep loneliness needs them
stable, secure around him
to give him the fortification
of their steadfastness.

Bitter anger fills him when
their decisions do not
reference his own life,
his needs and wishes.

How far will he go ?

The farmer who feared for
his children and grandchildren
shot all of them to keep
them safely with him.

The separated father shot
his wife and children
to possess them forever.

How far will this man go ?

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Black Dog

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