margaret haig

(19th/06th/1954 / Carlton Vic)

If only dogs could

If only dogs could speak.

If only dogs could speak, I'm sure they'd give you cheek,
They would let you know a thing or two, and be a sticky beak;
If only dogs could talk, if only they could write, they'd use chalk,
Follow you observe you, but sneakily you they'd stalk,
If only they could let you know, then we'd get told we'd be put away;
Cause we are so cheeky. In what we say.

If only dogs could chatter, to let you know they matter,
If only dogs could explain why when they drink but they splatter;
If only dogs could write a book, it'd be quite explanatory,
They'd start giving reason, and end up in a story,
They'd let you know ins and outs of their family history.

If only The dog could cry out, they rant and rave and complain,
That the mums should say we were bad, to them we are a strain;
And dads should say they're sorry they deserve to be in the dog house,
They'd talk about dads socks they chew, how the taste is really grose;
And say don't blame them for growling, at their mirrored reflection,

If only dogs could discuss, they'd teach us kindness and cheer,
They'd say they're not spending money, they don't waste on beer,
If only they could speak up, they don't want to be treated bad,
It would make them to settle appreciate their love each day;
And say sorry we will try harder, in a more caring way.

Submitted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Edited: Thursday, July 18, 2013

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About what animals could say if we abused them

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