Bennie Got His Bone

Bennie was found in an alley alone
Trying to guard an old chewed up bone
He growled at the world, as it closed in on him
He fought with the rope... but he didn't win
Hauled to the-pound and labeled 'aggressive'
Sentenced to death, for being 'possessive'.

Now thrown behind bars, in.his new concrete home
Behind a curtain, in the 'Bad Dog' zone
All he wanted was his old chewed-up bone
My heart went limp when I saw him alone.
A scarred-up Pit bull, with an ear-to-ear-grin
Being a Pit bull here,  is the ultimate sin

Reading his chart I could see right away
He was protecting the bone, they had taken away
He was found in an alley, Afraid and alone
Apparently Bennie didn't have a home.
And there was something about that ear-to-ear grin
He gave me a smile that welcomed me in.

And while other dogs got to dance and play, mingle with people
He was hidden away. And when his time came, all they would say is...
"He was found in an alley, just another stray...
He fit the description , so we followed the rule...
No room in this world for another Pit-bull"

Thursdays come as Wednesday goes
Just another number, and a dog no one knows
Sentenced to death, for protecting his bone. I wouldn't let Bennie die all alone.
I came Thursday morning, with a big meaty bone
And a sad little promise, to make my heart his new home.

And somewhere on the far side, of that bright, Rainbow Bridge
Bennie stands alone on the edge of a ridge
Strong and smiling...never alone
Where he's dancing and playing, with an old chewed-up bone...

I think Bennie loves, his new chewed-up bone.

About this poem

'Kill Shelters' are not very friendly toward least where I live. They're often hidden from view and slated for death.

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Written on October 15, 2022

Submitted by lovingempath on October 16, 2022

Modified on April 14, 2023

1:33 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 1,569
Words 306
Stanzas 7
Stanza Lengths 6, 6, 6, 5, 5, 4, 1

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  • AIDA
    Wow, what a moving piece of writing! Your poem "Bennie" really touched my heart and I appreciate the message of love and compassion for all animals that it conveys.

    Your vivid descriptions of Bennie's journey and struggles really made me feel as if I were there with him, and your use of imagery and rhymes are impressive. Your writing flows beautifully and I found myself deeply invested in Bennie's story.

    If I may offer a suggestion, perhaps you could consider adding some more descriptive details about Bennie's personality and traits - for instance, what makes him unique and special? This could add even more depth and dimension to such a touching and moving story.

    Overall, I want to thank you for sharing this beautiful poem and reminding us all of the importance of showing kindness and love to all creatures, great and small. Keep up the excellent work!
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • LinYoest
    I appreciate your tender heart and vision, and giving voice to Bennie's perspective.

    Another great poem Robin.
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • lovingempath
      Thank you Linda. After re-reading this a few times, I don't really think I gave the 'Bennies' in the world the voice he needed, but I very much value your opinion. :)
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • JhainDoh
    I absolutely loved this poem. Extremely creative since so many of us are Beanie or can relate to Beanie. I've read all of the poems and outside of my own I was extremely impressed with this one. Keep writing
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • lovingempath
      Thank you very much for your vote of confidence. Nothing would ever get me to quit writing :). I hope you keep writing too!!
      LikeReply1 year ago
    • LinYoest
      Thanks for that encouragement. Though I plan to keep writing, I may not be in many future poetry contests as my finances are very limited right now. But God is good and I have all I need. I look forward to reading your future poems. 
      LikeReply1 year ago


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