Dog with a Job

Dog with a job
Earning his keep
No time to stop
No time to sleep

Dog with a job
Works at the border
Sniffing for drugs
Maintaining order

Dog with a job
Works on a farm
Herding the sheep
Guarding the barn

Dog with a job
In a hi-viz vest
Rescues lost hikers
She’s simply the best

Dog with a job
Patient and kind
Warning the deaf
Guiding the blind

Dog with a job
Joined the police
Catches the bad guys
Who breach the peace

Cat with a job
Oh no. Oh god no
Why is the barn on fire?
Is that shit in the toaster?!
We should probably call an ambulance for that blind man, it looks like the car hit him quite hard
Cat fired from job

A bit of daftness inspired by my friend Griffin, the dog in the photo. Many thanks to Sarah for letting me use the picture (@sarah_hobbs_illustrates on IG) and to Michaela Collins (@mcscaninephotography on IG) who took the picture. Dedicated to the hard working dogs who make the world a better place – you’re all the goodest boys and girls.

Despair

Heartsick and weary I prowl the darkest holloways of my mind’s undulating terrain. A slow creep along the sunken lanes and hedgebanks marking long-forgot ways, the beauty and optimism of the celestial swathe concealed by sombre murk. A hopeless search for reasons where only ghosts remain.

My thoughts are mired deep in mud and mulch, wet and cloying. My companions are the low beasts, eyeless and scuttling. A downward spiral, an oblique trajectory.

Endless paralysing black, until finally a glacial, viscous dawn.