14 November 2010

Dog In The Manger


A birth to be and a passing
not what one foresees
on an ordinary Saturday

Good news arrived initially
a new grandchild conceived
announced at twelve weeks
expected December

Sweet Charlotte Lily will be
blessed with a sibling and
we shall greet our fourth
third generation descendent

Cause for celebration

Then death came sad on heels
of elation – the last hen left
met her fate in the teeth of
a neighbour’s intransigence

My dog wouldn’t go near your
hens, it is too good natured and
well trained, she protests
despite the evidence

Calling that beast a pet
misses an S before the T
but it explains why I’m
dog in the manger
© 5 June 2010, I. D. Carswell