how to drown a dog at christmas - matthew whisker

Look at what we made

in the open air

of a post-Halloween morning

when our dog slumped down the stairs

and collapsed into a heap

at the foot of our tree.


We could have waited till it died

but we fed it

and we watered it

and we watched it grow

as we sat back

and did nothing.

Sometimes I wish

we looked after ourselves

instead of our dog.

Drink

drink

drink—


regret is a fatal flaw.

We sit here

and call out its name

while we wash our thoughts away

in a plastic baggie

filled with medication.


- matthew whisker

art: caitlin peck

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