To the end
I am a dog. I rise from my bed each morning
to greet you. It is my duty; it is my joy.
I will never fail in this. I am a dog.
A grandchild, the first, crowns our day
as I, this dog, decline to leave. She is
our joy, we will never fail in this.
I am your dog. You are my family as now
this granddaughter is also. I greet her.
I will never fail in this. I am your dog.
Originally from Liverpool and the inaugural Poet Laureate for Cheshire in 2003, Harry Owen emigrated to South Africa from England in 2008. He has published six poetry collections, the latest of which is Small Stones for Bromley (Lapwing Publications, 2014).
He has also edited I Write Who I Am: an anthology of Upstart poetry, featuring the work of nineteen young poets from disadvantaged township schools in the Eastern Cape; and the international anthology For Rhino in a Shrinking World, in support of efforts to save this iconic animal from extinction. (http://rhinoanthology.wordpress.com).
His work is widely published in journals and anthologies throughout the world, including Magma, Orbis, The Kalahari Review, The Bastille, Stanzas, New Coin, Plume, MadHat Lit, Poems for Jeremy Corbyn and many others.
Harry Owen lives in Grahamstown, South Africa.