450 – On Burying Puppies

Poem number 350
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On Burying Puppies
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Is it wrong to bury puppies in your veg patch?
Is it wrong to plant them deep below the soil?
Is it safe to decompose
Puppies underneath the rows?
Will the carrots smell of Fido when they boil?
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Will the puppies act as nutrient or poison?
Will the spuds emerge with fur and little paws?
Will your puppy-bolstered marrow
Skit and scrabble in your barrow
Leaving jagged little scratches with its claws?
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On the whole I think it’s better to be careful
And to leave your earth untainted for your corn
Wait ‘til darkness falls instead
And your neighbour’s gone to bed
And inter the puppies underneath his lawn!

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