Personal Success

The Terrible Terrier


I love her quiet presence

–  wide-eyed and expectant –

she lives each day without self-judgment


Photo by Jaclyn Clark

She is ready to play at any time,

faithful, affectionate and constant,

she delights in all life has to offer


people keep their distance from her breed

believing them to be vicious

when they merely mirror their human companions


they are mute and misunderstood


Once a mascot for 20th century America,

and even called “nanny dogs,”

Pits can sustain much pain without yelping


The language barrier rendered us speechless

but my Korean grandmother’s love for me was a quiet companion

playful, devoted and boundless










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