Oh, would that I were a barking dog,
Free to woof and growl,
I’d bark at kids on the way to school,
And on their way home again.
I’d bark in the day and awaken
So I could bark at a sound in the night.
If you think my bark discordant,
And it bothers you so much,
Just remember, as a dog, I’m immune.
I bark because I have to, my ancestors barked and barked,
And now it’s compulsive, like lightening and thunder.
The UPS driver, and the FedEx guy too, understand my dilemma,
So why don’t you?
I want not to bark, but as it is uncontrollable, so I will simply
Run to your side, as if to say, “I know, I know.”
You’ll be sorry when I’m quiet and gone,
You’ll wish I were there to help you carry on.
Just remember, if you will,
I’m just a dog,
And I love you still.
– Small town boy