Two Dogs

Posted: 04/28/2015 in house of blues, house of crazy, house of memory

i got two dogs.

one’s nice, one ain’t.

them two’s my babies–

called skillet and shotgun.

come springtime,

if the road weren’t muddy, sometimes i wouldn’t know where i’d been.

there’s my tracks, and theirs, one to either side.

skillet got burrs,

shotgun caught a pellet,

and my dress was torn, but i can’t recall how.

best as i can guess,

it was the same old song–

should’ve left the mean one home,

but one gets lonesome without the other,

so i turn ’em both loose

when the moon is full,

and the usual cautions don’t catch hold.

  1. Mama Zen says:

    I adore that last line.

  2. Timoteo says:

    “if the road weren’t muddy, I wouldn’t know where I’d been” That’s DEEP!

  3. hedgewitch says:

    Ha! This pretends to be all folksy and downhome, but like so much of coal’s downhome, it;s full of reality and self-knowledge. I’d like to keep the mean one tied up, too, but she just chews through the chain and breaks her teeth.

  4. Sanaa says:

    This is so beautiful & intense…! 😀

  5. dani says:

    so good to have you back writing, Coal! don’t stay gone so long, ‘kay?

  6. Oh those two dogs sounds like the two-headed dog from Roky Erickson..

  7. We all have two dogs inside of us, as well as beside us. I love the voice and the mud and the burrs.

  8. M says:

    ain’t no dog mean. just, some folks are stupid, and them dogs got short patience ~

  9. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Love it, love it, love it – particularly the last three lines.

  10. Kim Nelson says:

    The usual cautions don’t catch hold… your diction, dialect and phrasing feel like a well acted stage-play. Clean, clear write.

  11. Kerry O'Connor says:

    Love it!

  12. “My dress was torn,” but she can’t quite recollect how, brilliant! And a powerful ending: “so i turn ’em both loose/when the moon is full/and the usual cautions don’t catch hold.” Love the colloquialisms, the voice. Perfect, babe! Amy

  13. Jim says:

    A nice full moon tonight, FB, time to go with the dogs again?
    This was wonderful reading, I walked the mud along with you, me and my beagle, Adi dog.

  14. This made me smile. Loved it

  15. Which dog is bigger? That’s the real question.

  16. marley raine says:

    Love love love the ending.

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