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That Dog

skulks away and cowers
in his corner. Trembling, there is nothing
we can do to coax him out.
For some reason he’s scared.

He’s scared and we don’t know why.
There’s nothing we can do to tell him
that there’s nothing to be scared of.
We don’t speak his language.

What if we all are dogs like him,
huddled up in the corners of our lives?
What if the things we shrink from are akin
to whatever it is the dog fears?

So let us turn upwards, to the still
space above that holds us tight, tickles
behind our ears and if it could would tell
us we’re good, we’re loved, that everything

is all right.

© Joshua Seigal

Joshua Seigal

Joshua is an award-winning poet, performer and educator who uses poetry to develop literacy skills and inspire confidence and creativity in communication. He has worked in hundreds of schools, nurseries, libraries, theatres and festivals around the country, and has poems published in numerous anthologies. Joshua is the recipient of the 2020 Laugh Out Loud Book Award, and his latest book is Yapping Away (Bloomsbury, August 2021).