My dog
Fala is
the princess
of my house
Not the princess
but the queen

or rather
the Lilith
of the place
or the
Dragon Lady

She can’t be
the Catwoman
she’s a dog

but none of these
can define her
she’s as complex
as a spaceship
but as obvious
as the ocean

She is my muse
my joy
and, at times,
a real pain in the ass
Oh, hell
she’s just Fala

John F. McMullen is Poet Laureate of the Town of Yorktown, NY, adjunct professor at Westchester Community College, member of the American Academy of Poets and Poets & Writers, author of over 2,500 columns and articles and 10 books (8 poetry), and the host of a weekly Internet Radio Show.