A Dog With Six Names
Poem by Arsiema Berhane
This is a poem about a dog
Not just any dog, but our dog.
It’s funny how everyone wanted to
give him a name, but each name was not the same.
Some wanted to call him Tarzan
I called him Rex
My sister who is into books and stuff
Named him Malcolm X
My other younger sister called him Fofi
A tribute to our late dog
I didn’t really mind ‘bout the name
Doesn’t it sound a little like coffee?
My younger brother called him Undertaker
Name of his favorite wrestler
I really loved this name, but mother was like
“Come up with something else, this is not a game”
My older brother called him Jaguar,
A name that’s good for a car
I remember once a friend said,
You should do something before-
Your dog is dead
I can see he’s suffering from multiple personality
You all should do something before you feel guilty
Of his death.
Well to settle this matter
We all gathered - talked, argued
(everyone was so serious)
For many hours composed of seconds and minutes
But we didn’t agree on anything.
“Let me put an end to this controversy
But you should promise that you agree with me,
I have come with the perfect name for the dog
And he shall be named DOG” mother said.
We all agreed.
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