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I was, of course, late for work, and
speeding, east bound, down the 60
freeway in Diamond Bar, California,
when suddenly I spotted a big grey
Pit Bull down on the freeway between
lanes 2 and 3 - it must have fallen out
of somebody's truck. I was barreling down
the freeway at 8o miles per hour and
thinking to myself how ugly it was going
to be when someone finally runs over that
big grey dog. And as I roared on by it,
I glanced quickly in the mirror and watched
the great beast twitching and dying beneath
a ragged sky of clouds.

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The following comments are for "Death of a Pit Bull."
by johnjohndoe

I just wanted you to know that I stopped by and read your blog. And I have no idea what to say in response, except thanks for sharing!


( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: June 28, 2009 )

Burden of Beasts..
Here in Georgia, people are allowed to transport unrestrained dogs around in their truck beds..Drivers of pickup trucks are also exempt from wearing seat belts. No wonder the South lost the Civil War.

"Ignorance breeds ignornance.."


( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: June 28, 2009 )

i'm not sure
how this poem became a blog entry...but the idea is sort of growing on me.

thanks OchaniLele and Bobby7L for your much appreciated comments.

john. john slow.

( Posted by: johnjohndoe [Member] On: July 24, 2009 )

being proud owner of three motley mutts, two of whom are the rescuees of human negligence and ill-treatment, this blog/poem made me both furious and deeply saddened... I guess Iím trying to say I didnít ďlikeĒ this, but there was something dignified and almost elegiac in its detached descriptions, and in, I think, the simple act of bearing witness. thanks for sharing this.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: August 15, 2009 )

sad but true.
this is a sad but true event i tried to capture in a poetic way. that scene is still very much in my mind's eye. it was one of those i had to write down. thanks for thoughtful comment.


( Posted by: johnjohndoe [Member] On: August 15, 2009 )

a month later.......
I was puruseing different blogs and saw this, and had to say that as the proud owner of two Alaskan Huskies, I feel your pain. My dogs are like my children in many way's. Thanks for sharing.


( Posted by: HeRoCoMpLeX [Member] On: August 22, 2009 )

pit bull
Powerful writing.

I can't help wondering if the 'great beast' dying under that ragged sky is something more than just the pit bull, like the city falling away in the rear view mirror, and the countless apathetic others hurrying to work.

( Posted by: slackjaw [Member] On: February 17, 2011 )

bow wow bow wow
Calls my mind to s guy I otherwise like a lot, Michael Vick, and the award of the key to the city in Dallas TX last week. Very mixed emotions.

( Posted by: veebdosa [Member] On: February 17, 2011 )

Please tell me this is something other than a metaphor ... like a really truly absolutely undeniable slice of life .. and death. I get all confused when it's referring to a vague idea when there's just so much veracity happening. Of course, it's well known I'm not all that good at metaphors even though I'm told my poetry always means exactly what wasn't on my mind at the time I wrote it.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 17, 2011 )

oh and ...
I really hope that it wasn't a Mercedes or Honda or Volkswagen lying and dying on the road .. would sound rather pedestrian *small pun* in comparison to the vivid visuals I experienced when I read this.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 17, 2011 )

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