a dog named joy

by Siddiq Islam

i found a dog, a dog named joy, and she was
the ugliest misrablest creature i’d ever seen
her smiles fell limp like wonky rusty seesaws

i told her, ‘all my happy poems are gloomy’
i do not think she quite knew what i mean:
nought but a wonky smile did seep back to me

if dogs could muster poems, joy’s would be the
saddest little heart-wrenchers ever been
and i hope that that accomplishment would please her.

The Poor Print

Established in 2013, The Poor Print is the student-run newspaper of Oriel College, Oxford. Written by members of the JCR, MCR, SCR and staff, new issues are published fortnightly during term. Our current Executive Editors are Siddiq Islam and Jerric Chong.

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