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The Dogs

Sleep is good for your health
but the dogs
all night long
outside your window.
Not just one thin howl
scything at the air,
they perform a chorus
with an encore lopped on the end
just to push you over.
It pays not to think of the content
of a chorus of dogs,
or the inspiration
for such a production,
as that will only
drive you further.
‘Your health is suffering,’
the doctor says.
A man is about to swing a spade
at the back of an unsuspecting someone’s head,
and he would,
if only the dogs would stop barking.
There is one bit in the movie
where your sister always jumps to her knees
and squeals ‘Oh no! Here it comes!,’
so you can never hear
the actual thud of collision
of stockinged brick and skull.
The thud itself may in fact be the point of it
but you can’t even think
your theory through
because of the dogs yapping at each other
in dialogue. It becomes all you hear
and think about, and soon
you wonder if you can speak ‘Dog’
purely through osmosis.
On recollection, you think the dogs
have ruined every important moment
in your life.
School ceremonies, marriage proposals,
segments of silence
in the park. Always a dog
barking out of turn, running
through the scene,
or wearing a dog-sized cardigan
in an absurd colour.
Johanna Aitchison
Michele Amas
Angela Andrews
Sarah Barnett
David Beach
Ken Bolton
Jenny Bornholdt
Rachel Bush
Mary Cresswell
Stephanie De Montalk
Cliff Fell
Tom Fitzsimons
Brian Flaherty
David Geary
Bernadette Hall
Kerry Hines
Andrew Johnston
Therese Lloyd
Iggy McGovern
Mary Macpherson
Dora Malech
Vana Manasiadis
Emma Neale
Gregory O'Brien
Lucy Orbell
Zach Savich
Charlotte Simmonds
Marty Smith
Elizabeth Smither
Abby Stewart
Robert Sullivan
Jo Thorpe
Cath Vidler
Louise Wallace  
Ashleigh Young

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