Dog-Lover's Evening

got in late, perhaps 1 am
mud and shit stuck to boots
from that church yard made a hell
of a mess in the car
then all over the carpet
took ages to clean

brought in the hammer
in the tool bag
crimson stain on the handle
was scrubbing nearly till dawn

i took something from her
as she lay face down by the graves
a locket a picture
some old couple maybe her grandparents

dog came bounding up slobbered
all over me
made a fuss of him gave him food

poor mutt cooped up
here alone
all evening