MODERN WORKS 2020 ~ 9 – POEM 7

To celebrate the launch of my NEW booklet containing 16 diverse poems and essays entitled : MODERN WORKS 2020 – I am happy to offer a signed, printed hard-copy and FREE worldwide delivery. All but one of these 16 pieces are BRAND NEW WORKS completed during 2020.

This latest collection of written verse – MODERN WORKS 2020 – comes in the usual edenbray-pamphlet A5 format and is printed professionally and beautifully in a 36 page booklet style publication with a cream-stock card cover that I have self-published to my own specifications.

I am able to offer my 2020 Annual of Verse at an opening price of just £7.00 inc. post and packing for shipping to literally anywhere in the world. So please use the PAYPAL Link below to make your purchase or you can contact us by leaving a message in the comments box at the foot of this page or please email me directly – I would sincerely appreciate hearing from you and we will make sure you get a copy of my new book/pamphlet and also keep you up to date with any developments regarding my work.  – (please indicate if you would rather NOT receive emails concerning my work when you order)


Many thanks ~ edenbray

Finally, to Celebrate the launch of my NEW BOOK I am posting all 16 poems over 16 consecutive days RIGHT HERE on my edenbray-BLOG-SITE B  – TODAY  – the Poem – THE DOG : ~ 

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by edenbray

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TALES OF THE SWAN-DYKE – the collection

In the year 2020 I wrote a series of poems during the 1st national cv-19 lockdown and my own personal isolation and I self-published them in a collection entitled ~ Tales of the Swan-dyke and also in other edenbray pamphlet/collections. 

So, for this new collection of Modern Works 2020 – I gave myself the challenge to choose one piece to represent the collection to avoid unneccesary duplication and I just kept coming back to –

the Dog – a lecture.

A reason? I think this piece encapsulates some of the bottled feelings that three months of isolation, the coronavirus pandemic, the BLM demonstrations and news of the threat of personal redundancy had put on my mental state. 

There is more to it than that though – I think in a sense that this is the most balanced piece in the collection. It is entirely sane, not taken up with depressing detail or much information at all. 

I was entirely delighted with and extremely proud of the – Tales of the Swan-dyke collection but this particular piece speaks not from the soul or the spirit but out of the gut .. .



a wail ~ a prolonged high-pitched cry of pain, grief, or anger

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THE DOG – a lecture .. .


I’m a dog

I’m a savage dog

A dog that you don’t need

A dog you should not feed


I’m a sad dog

I’m a bad dog

A dog without a tail


I’m a grey dog

I’m a white dog

I’m a black dog

A dog wog

A prairie dog

A dog out on the trail

A dog that still can wail


I’m a rabid dog

A dog full of disease

A dog without a leash                 

Not a love dog

To sit between your knees

Give you all my fleas


If I lay upon my back

You can see my male sack

And tell that I don’t lack

A dog bound to this verse

Stuck within this curse

Riding in a hearse

Impolite and terse

Hang around

– it gets worse!


I’m a tabloid dog

You can read between the lines

I’m a dog that never pines

I never pay my fines


I’m a fierce dog

A wolf-dog

A dog out on the street

A dog with mangy feet


I’m a lone dog

A lost dog

A dog who’s on the run

A dog who has no fun

A dog that needs – a gun!


I’m a wild dog

A riled dog

I’d crap upon your floors

Show you then my paws

They’re right next to my claws!

Fight then for the cause


I’m a mad dog

A dog with a bad grin

A dog thats full of sin

I’m a dog that eats it all

The guts, the legs, the balls


I’m a bold dog

I’m an old dog

I’m a cold dog

A dog thats lost its way

A dog in a manger

A dog who is a stranger

A real lone ranger


Not a farm dog

A sheep dog

Who does what its told

Leads the sheep to the fold

A dog with a bushy tail

I’m a dog you wouldn’t want

A dog out of control

I should live down a hole

I’m a dog



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About edenbray

I am a writer ... a beat poet who began writing poetry way back in 1966 ... 'edenbray is born ugly, wet, covered in blood, mucous & bodily functions, the effluence of my short life' ... I recently published my 1st solo Anthology - the best of 60 years writing - previously I ran my own Art Supplies Store for 40 yrs before I became a full-time writer I am a Blogger who has posted 1,000 poems - available in 24 themed booklets ... please ask for details + leave a 'like' or a comment for my encouragement, thank you so much for listening - I truly value your opinion on my work ~ in fact I literally survive on your creative input ~ edenbray
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