The Ghosts of Dogs

I was asked by an online friend whether I was a “dog person” or not. I like dogs and cats. I didn’t grow up being close to either of them. My cousins had countless cats – they must have drifted into their house and liked the ever-growing company and decided to stay. My family had one dog at a time, meant to guard the gate.

I remember how each dog was lost and replaced. One day I’ll try and write something about them. And then another day about the ones I’ve had for my own family here in Cape Town.

Sometimes I think of nothing but ghosts and forget the living.

About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his latest poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. View all posts by matangmanok

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