It’s Not About The Dog

by Kathryn Eberly

 

Six floors up, no income,

too sick to work and

it’s metastatic in the lungs now.

Just like that

no more housecleaning

under the table

easy breezy life

sweet sweet guy

and he has 1-2 years tops.

He’s worried his smoking

gave Peanut the Beagle

cancer but even now he can’t quit.

Both of them

too tired to walk

up up up

those stairs

can come back to haunt you.

Kathryn Eberly is a poet and former eligibility worker in San Francisco. After living in the Bay Area for many years she is now a transplant to Bangor Maine.

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