Because so many other relatives have come
Someone who’s been banished from the home
Is dumbly paying his respects today
In contrast to his usual noisy way.
His love for everything that’s friendly and edible
Is not even with swallowoed thermometers measurable,
So out of the nourishing things at the feast retain
His share of the remains.
He greets you, despite the transience of every delicacy,
With unchangiug doggy fidelity.