The Staffie’s Doggerel Plea

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What’s your problem with me, son?
What do you think I’ve honestly done?
I’m so much softer than you think.
There’s kindness in my brown-eyed blink.

What’s your problem with me, brother?
I’m fiercely loyal, like any mother.
My heart awash with tender care.
A team: we’d make a smashing pair.

What’s your problem with me, sister?
A storm’s brewed up: a nasty twister.
If I nibble, play-bite, nuzzle…
It’s nothing bad, requiring muzzle!

What’s your problem with me Lady?
Why d’ya view me as all shady?
There are those who bet, to bleed;
You’re at the wrong end of the lead!

What’s your problem with me, Sir?
I am not a vicious “curr”.
Do you think it fair, just, right –
That they starve us, make us fight?

What’s your problem with me, child?
I’m not evil…even wild.
I’m a cuddle monster really. [1]
And would be your dearest, dearly.

What’s your problem with me, friend?
My only wish, to please, defend.
Where is it now all going to end?
Killed at two [2] – for sake of ‘trend’?

What’s your problem with me, Press?
You’ve made my name a right old mess.
Now thousands homeless – great distress.
They want to help us less and less.

What’s your problem with me, madam?
Do you know my worth, from Adam?
In the Club since ‘35!
I have the right to live, and thrive!

What’s your problem with me, dog?
I’m so unloved, a pre-kissed frog.
Call me Staffie, Stafford, Staff…
No need to fear, let’s run, sniff – laugh!

What’s your problem with me, ‘mate’?
Why are you so irate, of late?
You take my babies for live bait…
You breed and breed; you hate and hate…

What’s your problem with me, nation?
Please look behind my reputation.
Your aggressor is a man;
I’ve been enslaved by a cruel gang!

Used as ‘weapon,’ by young fools, [3]
Against my will: please make new rules!
My short life tragic: living hell.
I just want peace, to live life well.

Heidi Stephenson
 
 

By Heidi Stephenson

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