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The dog has wet the bed again, / an act of dominance, / not an accident.

IN PRIVATE

The dog has wet the bed again,
an act of dominance,
not an accident.
She sees closed doors as accusation,
waits until I am bathing.
I am strong she says,
squats over the center of fresh sheets.

Friends say pin her down,
and don’t hurt her.
It’s for her own good, they say,
for the good of your bed.

I must get on her level,
hold snout to carpet,
say I am in charge,
you are not in charge,
I am in charge,
you are not in charge,
I am in charge,
you are not in charge,
I am in charge,
I am in charge.

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