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Today they took my dog’s womb.

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The vet,

Friendly young woman in dark blue scrubs

Face mask and clipboard,

Took me through

The ins and outs of the procedure.

Operation to render my dog

Sterile.

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My last dog Maisie

Was also spayed

Although

I seem to have lost the memory.

/

Now, Stella,

As she cowers,

Under my desk,

Beside the radiator

Collar of shame

Interfering with her perambulation.

/

I hear her moving.

/

I’ve offered her treats of chicken hearts.

She isn’t biting.

/

It might take a while before she forgives me.

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The morning vet interaction

Took me back in time, over 40 years,

To when I was a tot

And my mum took me to nursery.

/

In those days

Before children acquired relevance or importance

My mum would take me

To the front door and hand me over.

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Mummies weren’t allowed inside.

/

A dark Glasgow semi;

/

Thinking back,

On those who ran the place,

faceless.

distorted

comic-book shadows.

/

It was my first encounter with the system.

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