Season of a Susan
A special present for an 18th birthday,
a collared bow around a pedigree corgi’s neck,
the beginning of a royal relationship. Susan and Elizabeth
went everywhere together, even on honeymoon.
Her first mate was Lucky Strike, later she rolled over
for Rebellion. Notorious nasher, the Royal clockwinder
a victim – teeth clenched around his ankle
like a metal-tooth beartrap.
She was the foundation bitch, for a long line
and on death was commemorated
with a unique headstone, sketched
by the monarch herself.
My foundation mongrel has a simple holly tree.