A Lonely Dog
I wish someone would tell me… just what I have done wrong.
Why I have to stay chained up… be left alone so long?
They seemed so glad to have me, when I came here as a pup.
There were so many things we’d do while I was growing up!
The Master said he’d train me as a companion and a friend.
The Mistress said she’d never fear to be alone again.
The children said they’d feed me, and brush me every day.
They’d play with me and walk me, if only I could stay…
But now the Master “hasn’t time” The Mistress says I shed–
She doesn’t want me in the house not even to be fed.
The children never walk me. They always say, “Not now!”
I wish that I could please them, won’t someone tell me how?
All I had for them was love. I wish they would explain,
Why they said they wanted mine, then left it on a chain…
— Author Unknown