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by Alexandre J Arnau

Monday, July 11, 2005
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for napolean (1989-2003)



thick headed
sleepy eyed
mangy brindle
of questionable
born with a head
the size of a truck
that his body
had to catch up with

he loved basketballs
and tuna
and skateboards
and gardenhoses
and frogs
and crickets
and babies
(not that way)

such a stupid dog
he always thought
he still weighed
five pounds
when he jumped on
my head
while i slept
sending me to work
with bruises
and the smell
of dog ass

he's been gone
some years
ashes long gone
blown down a street
he didn't know
i fool myself
into thinking
he might've missed me
when he spent his last days
in philadelphia
i fool myself
to drown out the guilt

did i tell you
he had a mexican standoff
with a bear
in the backyard?
my father
was chopping wood
when it happened
he chased the bear
he sure did
like i said
he was a stupid dog

he's gone
like other dogs
like a moment
like tears in the rain
like his namesake
like empires

he was so stupid
he couldn't wait for me
to come back
for him
so dumb
that he couldn't understand
that all i needed
were a few more years
with him
that i needed for him
to hang on
for a little

every now and then
i hear a song  
in my heart
a blast of triumphants
calling me
to rise
and pay homage
to a warrior
and i look the west
where he has joined
his brothers
running on white shores
and chasing rabbits
over a far green country
until purple twilight creeps
over the land
and he takes respite
under the trees of kings

even for a pit bull
he was a


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Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 7/12/2005
Beautiful tribute to your dog, Alexandre! Sounds like he was quite a companion!

God bless,

Reviewed by Brian Pellerino 7/12/2005

You never fail to stir emotion. Napolean is on his back like the king he was and showing his 84!!5 to the sun.

Perfect tribute.


Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/12/2005

Whatta dog. :) Whatta write--a most loving tribute, filled with smiles and tears. Penned straight from the heart--gotta love him. I'm sorry for your loss. :(

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 7/12/2005
sounds like he was quite a dog...
Reviewed by Leysa Lowery 7/12/2005
Great tribute to your dog. Well said!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/12/2005
beautiful tribute, alexandre; very well done! bravo!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/12/2005
He sounds like one hell of a good dog, Alex.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 7/12/2005
Yep. I relate one hundred percent with this one.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 7/12/2005
I don't know if it's the breed or not, but I think 14 years is a short life for a dog; but I wouldn't call my beloved dog "stupid" though.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o(
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/11/2005
Rufuz takes offense that you call any of his dog bretheren (sp?) stupid but he says he will allow you to do so since you have been nice to his daddy with comments and reviews...;) Ed & Rufuz
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