We Named Our Dogs After Liquor

Whiskey and Scotch, Bourbon and Brandy,
Blackie, after Johnnie Walker Black Label—a dark
and snarling Doberman who growled
beneath the chicken coops at night. They snapped
at our legs and choked against chains, biting themselves
when they couldn’t reach our calves, hind legs bleeding
with flies where skin burned red in the watery sun.

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