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A Poem by Greg Grant
Posted on : March 8, 2012

You can take my mule and sell my cow.
You can have my goats and scrap my plow.
You can shear my sheep and butcher my hog.
But please dear Lord don’t take my dog.

You can have my house and all my money.
Rob my hives and take the honey.
You can burn my crib, every log.
But please dear Lord don’t take my dog.

Block out the sun and cover the moon.
Hush the birds, each their tune.
Stop the rain and hide the fog.
But please dear Lord don’t take my dog.

Drown the ducks and then the fish.
Harvest the lilies if that’s your wish.
Take the turtles and then the frogs.
But please dear Lord, don’t take my dogs.

-Greg Grant, 2007

Written by Greg Grant

Greg Grant is an award-winning horticulturist, conservationist, photographer, and writer from Arcadia, Texas. Each month he writes an article for The Arbor Gate Blog where he is given free range to write about any topic that interests him. During the week, he is the Smith County horticulturist in Tyler for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and on the weekends, he and his wife tend Greg’s grandparents’ old farmhouse, his Rebel Eloy Emanis Pine Savanna and Bird Sanctuary, a flock of laying hens, four terriers, one German shepherd, and three cats.

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Michele |

Soooo clever! I love reading your work. If only my sweet Aussie could have such poetry written in honor of him ;-D

Greg Grant |

I wrote this when my Jack Russell terrier Lily disappeared forever. -GG