Basking in defeat, the dog lays
uninterested in attention or respect.
Youthful but without patience or empathy,
his enemies continue to ridicule him.
Even the sun pesters him, pushing at his eyes,
souring his mouth and stealing energy.
Without the ability to retaliate or protest,
the dog slinks off, pressing lightly on sore joints,
wanting only to be left alone to pray and
press his lonesome face against cooler corners.