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The Parable of the Prodigal Dog
by Jenna Fernandez
04/12/12
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Not long ago,
And not too far away
There lived a dog
Who once was a stray

His owner had found him
By the side of the street
Starving and begging
For something to eat

Taking him in
And cleaning him up
The owner made sure
That the dog was well-loved

When he was hungry,
The owner would feed him
And whisper a promise
That hed never leave him

Theyd take long walks
Most every day
Then head for the fields
So the dog could go play

And then each night
While the owner would sleep
The dog would climb up
In the bed by his feet

So, its hard to know why
But there came a day
When the dog left his home
And wandered away

(He made a big mess
On that fateful day
And tore up the house,
Eating all that remained)

Still, day and night
The owner would wait
And stare down the road
As he leaned on the gate
Hoping hed see
The dog running fast
Into his arms
And at home, at last

But the dog had wandered
Back to the town
Where he had once lived
Before he was found

The dog found the friends
Hed known once before
And started back fighting
And stealing from stores

Hed wander the roads
And scare little kids
And hurt smaller puppies
Just like his friends did

Hed cause big problems
All through the town
And then hed destroy
Whatever he found

(It seemed hed forgotten
The home he once loved
Where hed been well-fed
And taken care of)

Digging through garbage
Hed find stuff to eat
In the rain and the cold
Hed sleep in the streets

But then one night
After causing a rage
He was finally caught
And put in a cage

Later, he sat
In a cold, lonely place
And finally remembered
His owners kind face

He thought of the love
That the owner would give
And the food he provided
To help the dog live

He thought of the warmth
Of the home where hed stayed
Then remembered the day
That hed wandered away

Why did I leave?
The dog thought inside
Now I have no home!
And he started to cry

How could that man
Ever love me again
When I ran away
Though he was my friend

I messed up his house,
I stole all his food
I ran to the streets
Though hed been so good

If only I could
Go home once again
Id serve my owner
Though Im no longer his friend

Many days passed
With nothing to eat
The dog would do nothing
But lay there and sleep.

Hed heard of the fate
Of a dog just like him
He knew that he didnt
Have much time to live.

But then, one day
The dog heard his name
And a familiar voice
Not too far away.

He lifted his head
And though he was weak
Tried to find all the strength
That he needed to speak

His first bark was soft
But then they grew loud
In hopes hed be heard
And finally found

He heard the door open
With a loud creak
And then he saw
Some familiar feet

The keys rattled, then opened
The cage where hed been
And then he saw
A kind hand reaching in

As he was pulled out
He looked up to see
The owner had come
So he could go free

But the dog cowered back
For he knew hed been wrong
And thought that the cage
Was where he belonged

Still, the owner knelt down
With his arms open wide
To welcome the dog
Who was trying to hide

The owner leaned forward,
With a warm embrace
Until the dog started licking
The tears from his face

Then after many
Minutes had passed
The owner and dog
Went home, at last

The dog stayed at home,
Never wandered again
And decided his purpose
Was to be mans best friend

For hed been forgiven
Reminding us of
Another, far greater
More heavenly love








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