Old Dog

Sweet old dog that I have found
By this tree where you are bound
Let me take a look around -
Your chains I will unwind.

Tell me, is it he or she?
What all have they done to thee?
No water or food I see -
Pray, when did you last dine?

Let me take you home my friend
Where you can begin to mend
And to you I shall attend-
Your injuries I will bind.

You are now forever free
From who bound you to that tree
This I promise you will see-
That people can be kind.

So lay down your gentle head
Here upon my comfy bed
Now that you are warm and fed
And leave the past behind.

About this poem

This poem reflects the love of good people who give abused animals a new chance at life.

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Written on June 15, 1983

Submitted by lanhamleslie on December 10, 2022

Modified on May 03, 2023

39 sec read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 570
Words 133
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Leslie Kay Lanham

Mother, Grandmother, and happily retired. Part time poet and lyricist. Studied at Troy University. Currently resides in Pensacola, Florida. more…

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Discuss the poem "Old Dog" with the community...

  • suzib.53754
    Nice touch to the soul. Thoughtful. ☕
    LikeReply8 months ago
  • laskuce
    This poem touched my heart.
    LikeReply 18 months ago
    • lanhamleslie
      Thank you. I am animal lover - I have 2 dogs and a cockatiel. I can’t stand to see any animal abused…
      LikeReply8 months ago
  • Symmetry58
    I have to chuckle, Leslie, because you are SO damn good. You really have a brilliant mind and means by which to iterate thought to word.
    LikeReply 18 months ago
    • lanhamleslie
      You are far too kind - but air thank you so much. I’m glad I made you chuckle
      LikeReply8 months ago
  • BDFRichmond
    A well-expressed, concise poem, that shows heartfelt compassion!
    LikeReply 18 months ago


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