funny dog

I was having a bad day
but still some things made sense
there was an apple resting on the window sill
a chicken roosting on the fence

all the doors were open
a breeze was blowing in
it leafed through the pages of a magazine
and tickled at the edges of my chin

but I don't want to be too happy
I just want some good reason for a grin
some funny dog, sitting on my doorstep
letting all the strangers in

some dog, some funny dog
some black and white, or white and black
spotty dog, some dog
plucking on a mandolin

I might have been having a good day
if I'd only made a different wish
there was one wish lurking at the edge of my mind
or the one that I got from the fish

if somebody hadn't been screaming
on the other side of the wall
if I hadn't grown up with a strange last name
I might not have noticed at all

but I don't want to be too happy, etc.

it might have been the apple
the chicken or the magazine
it might have been the breeze blowing all through the house
it might have been some different thing

if somebody hadn't been screaming
on the other side of the wall
if I hadn't grown up with a strange last name
I might not have noticed at all...

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