The firecrackers start
to welcome the year of the Earth Dog,
though the celebrations make every dog cower and whimper.
The countryside is peaceful, and then:
This happens all day and night,
for several days.
I was told everyone is given an allotted time,
and so when their time comes
they release the firecrackers.
So the gods will notice them,
and bless them for the coming year.
“Look at me!”
I see a stray dog,
with four legs
and three paws,
and it’s brown,
just like they say the Earth Dog is;
and it looks at everyone passing by,
and says with flattened ears and big eyes,