Sometimes, Puppies are Cruel

Sometimes, Puppies are Cruel

Ultimately, that is the fundamental lesson, as those puppies whine,
Run in circles, and leave little presents for you on the floor.

Sometimes, the puppies whine at 3 AM.
Sometimes, they whine at 6 AM.
Sometimes, the presents they leave you are clearly seen.
Sometimes, they are underfoot as you slowly make your way to the bathroom at night.

Sometimes, puppies are cruel.
No matter how we try, we do the same things.
We clean up their presents.
We yell, “NO!”
We growl and moan.

But, we go on.
This is the price of having puppies.
And arguably, they are our best friends.

[Based on Leonard Pitts’ essay Sometimes, the Earth is Cruel]

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