Arsiema Berhane

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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.


Comments about A Dog With Six Names by Arsiema Berhane

  • Eliza Barret (4/15/2012 8:05:00 PM)

    Really nice A.B, but if you give me a chance, I would rather stick with ur elder brother's choice(Jaguar) ! ! ! ha ha ha(Report)Reply

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  • Michael Gale (10/20/2006 5:15:00 PM)

    What is but deep inside a name but a nere label? ...
    Clark Gable?

    Spencer Tracey? ..
    Nothing picked should be way too dirty or even extremely way too racey.

    If you pick the name Shit For Short...
    Everybody else will think you are completely crazy.

    So be cautious when picking that name...
    For in the end you'll have to 'fess up and take the blame.

    For in uneducated guesses there can be no shame...
    Stupid and dumb and idiotic will be your imortal fame.

    So in short- Just be a non caring sport...
    Do not give back an unwanted retort.

    Great poem-Hadda givvitta ten. God bless all poets-MJG.(Report)Reply

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  • Peter A. Crowther (7/2/2006 11:01:00 AM)

    Great poem full of humour, quirkiness, and humanity. I can really sympathize with the difficulties in choosing a name for a dog. I just might call my new puppy 'Dog' :)(Report)Reply

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  • Will Barber (6/30/2006 5:53:00 PM)

    An incredible write - so funny, so true! Dogs have to know their name, or they can't come when called. Your mother was very wise. And you are a fine poet.(Report)Reply

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  • Nalini Hebbar (6/26/2006 5:25:00 AM)

    lovely write arsiema...i love my dog...and i know how confused she would be if everyone called her differently...nalini(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Spencer (4/13/2006 1:09:00 AM)

    Loved this one just great I like the way you write Brilliant cheers Sylvie(Report)Reply

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  • Anteneh Mekuria (3/31/2006 7:10:00 AM)

    waw it is a real tallent, i fell that you see every thing with your both eyes and your mind, this mean that you have a great gift 4 poems.(Report)Reply

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  • Julia Klimenova (3/27/2006 12:54:00 PM)

    My parents faced the same problem when I was born, and all the people in the house gave me different names. And went by all of them for a while. Your mother was right to put an end to it :) One can argue about such things for ever. A funny nice poem. Julia(Report)Reply

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  • Anna Russell (3/8/2006 4:21:00 AM)

    Love the quirky sense of humour. This was entertaining and very enjoyable.
    Anna xxx(Report)Reply

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  • K. Jared HoseinK. Jared Hosein (3/1/2006 12:09:00 AM)

    First of all, I love dogs and I am familiar with this dilemma. It's nice to read something like this. Thank you, Arsiema.(Report)Reply

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  • Rita Harrison (1/18/2006 3:05:00 PM)

    This is so funny. We did have a hunting hound we named 'dawg'. It just seemed to fit him perfectly. I truly enjoyed this piece of family humor. Rita(Report)Reply

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  • Lara W.a (1/11/2006 8:01:00 AM)

    LoL Arsiema! Good one! Liked it a lot hehe, it cracked me up!(Report)Reply

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  • Sarah-Jane Beresford (1/5/2006 8:31:00 AM)

    This is a good one. Sounds a little like my own family!(Report)Reply

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  • Liz Munro (1/4/2006 2:51:00 AM)

    Love the last stanza.
    Very funny.

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  • Ernestine NorthoverErnestine Northover (1/3/2006 8:48:00 AM)

    I'm glad he was a 'dog' and not a 'bitch' Arsiema, that would have given 'her' a real personality complex. Well written. Love Ernestine XXX(Report)Reply

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  • Moya Levy (1/3/2006 6:53:00 AM)

    Brilliant! And an apt name for a dog! Moyax(Report)Reply

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  • Charles Chaim Wax (1/3/2006 6:05:00 AM)

    a lovely poem
    who brings sucj
    to you
    and your family(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 3, 2006