Banal Poem About Dogs
In the early 1800s the Kennel Club were looking to name
a medium-sized dog with a unique black, liver spotted coat.
It is the custom to name a new breed after its place of origin.
The committee found a picture, dated 1720, of a white dog
with black spots running beside a carriage in England
so were going to name it an English Carriage Dog but then
they were presented with a painting dated, 20 years earlier
by the Slovak artist Martin Kodic, showing a white dog with
black spots with the coastal region of Dalmatia in the background.
A member, Mary Dukes, mentioned there was a mosaic
from Roman times showing what might have been such a dog
but the committee were not convinced. So the dog became
known as a Dalmatian & the people of that country now had
to start breeding a dog with certain characteristics i.e.
they wanted it to guard, run, scare off robbers & wild animals,
to hunt & be good in a family environment. They failed.
Granted, the dog looked how it was supposed to but it was lazy
& generally mediocre when it came to guarding, running, scaring,
hunting & being a good family dog. The people considered it useless.
By the early nineteen sixties though the lure of the dollar beckoned
& all dogs in that country, over a hundred of them, went to Hollywood.
Rodney Wood lives in Farnborough, his poetry has appeared recently in The High Window Press, The Journal, Morphrog, Magma and other places. He is a Stanza Rep and joint MC of the monthly open mic nights in Woking. His has two pamphlets, “Dante Called You Beatrice” ( Red Ceiling Press) published in 2017 and “When Listening Isn’t Enough” (Independent Publishing Network) was published this year.