On Abandonment
By Kathie Flood
An Animal Rights Poem from All-Creatures.org

All of God's creatures have rights, a fact that most people don't seem to recognize. This includes both human and non-human animals, but not all of them can speak for themselves.

On Abandonment
By Kathie Flood

A dog sits waiting
in the hot midday sun;
too faithful to leave,
too frightened to run.

Heís been there for days now
with nothing to do
but sit by the road
just waiting for you.

He canít understand
why you left him that day.

He thought you were stopping
to take him to play.

Heís sure youíll come back
and thatís why he stays.

How long can he suffer?

How many more days?

His legs have grown weak,
his throatís parched and dry.

Heís sick now from hunger;
he falls with a sigh.

He lays down his head
and closes his eyes.

I wish you could see
how a waiting dog dies.


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