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Through A Dog's Eyes
by Michelle Close Mills

Friday, September 08, 2006
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How the littlest creatures become the spoils of war...


The sun was only the faintest eclipse,

obscured by swirling black smoke.

A blistering shower of tangerine, gold;

a deafening siege of assaults.

A voracious inferno consuming, engulfing

the blameless left in its path. 


Amid chaos a pup

yelped from alien pain

as blood gushed forth from his chest.

All around him were wails of

bewilderment, grief…

cries very much like his own.


He caught a glimpse of his girl...

motionless, quiet, lying alongside the road.

As he inched to her side,

suffering mixed with relief.

He groaned as he nudged her chin, and her wrist.

Yet in spite of his pleas, she lay still.


He recalled what she’d said

as their world blew apart,

loving stories of Allah the Father.

“He adores dogs and kids.  

 When our time here is done,

Allah will come take us home.”


The dog knew she was gone.

He felt small and forlorn.

He waited, and waited, and waited

Then a kind face appeared

as the puppy’s light dimmed.

Father Allah was taking him home.



Michelle Close Mills ©





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Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/5/2012
How did I miss this beauty about a little doggy...makes me think of rufuz who is now gone, not dead, just gone...e
Reviewed by Todd-Michael St. Pierre 11/13/2006
Love it! You are amazingly talented!
Reviewed by Chuck Keller 10/13/2006
This is a very moving and poignant work, Michelle. I'll be offline for a week or so but I will read and review more of yours when I return. Thank you for all your kind words.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 9/29/2006
This was a unique write, I love animals and have often wondered how they see things. I have a small house dog she is a terrior. I often catch her watching me as if in deep thought...great job.
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 9/18/2006
Sad and touching.....M
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/14/2006
This is most soul-reaching, Michelle. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by K Quills 9/14/2006
A very unusual perspective that was most touching. Kathy.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/9/2006

O, Michelle, you've penned a heartbreaker! Excellent, powerful verse that will draw tears and prayers for the innocents.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/9/2006
So very very sad, and although you speak of war, this also reminded me of what many pets endured in Hurricane Katrina.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/9/2006
Very intense spiritually and universally loving creater poem. Well done Michelle.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/9/2006
Touching read Michelle!!

Yes tears are flowing!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Rafiriio Daniels 9/8/2006
Oh how I can relate to this one, I am an advocate for dog's and their protection!!! Good job!!!!
Reviewed by RM Green 9/8/2006
This was very touching, very sad and very real. I wish that all stories had a happy ending - perhpas this was the ending the pup wanted after all - tp be with her master. Great write, Girlfriend! I am in tears...

RM Green
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 9/8/2006
If not the Eagle, the neighbor you thought that you could trust. Life is very difficult and so very uncertain in many places on this planet. This is a touching piece, Michelle. I wish the world was a better place and that everyone could live in freedom and that there was equality for everyone, but we are a very long way from that and perhaps we have already seen the best of it. I rather imagine that our great-grandchildren will be living in some kind of slavery if they exist at all.
Take care,
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