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How The Dog Died
If you give me a tight leash i will walk by your side.
i might fall behind a step or two sometimes,
But that is not okay so you pull the leash tighter so i will keep up always.
i tried to run away once; the leash was just so tight
When you catch me you pull tighter, tighter, tighter
So i can never run away again.
You want me to do tricks along the way as well--
The leash is so tight it cuts into my skin--
i think if it was just a bit looser i could do your tricks easier.
But it is hard to breathe and i am falling behind and i can’t do your tricks--
i am stumbling and tripping and trying to keep up as you pull that leash
Tighter and tighter and tighter!
i am so tired, i just give up and you drag me along, pulling the leash tighter still.
Tighter, tighter, tighter,
Until you choke me to death and now you are dragging a lifeless body.
Will it take my beet red face and swollen purple tounge and glazed over eyes for you to realize
That if you loosened the leash i would walk beside you?
i would do your tricks to make you beam with pride;
But i couldn’t; i could barely breathe;
But tighter, tighter, tighter still, you pulled that leash.