I hope one day you will understand why this was necessary. Necessity is a difficult concept to grasp, even for humans. But there is much that occurs in life that we do not understand. Still, facts are facts; and if we did not do this the world would be overrun with fornicating dogs. And who could blame you? But you do see my point. In any case, I did not want to meet you in the next life standing before me like a Chinese eunuch in the Imperial Service carrying his testicles in a jar and demanding eternal reparations for what amounts to a minor lifestyle adjustment. The vet assures me that when you wake up you will be a better dog, better in every way, more even-tempered, less likely to stray. Better means being more of the good dog you already are. Better, in short, means progress. Just consider it a down payment on your forever home. Nature can be cruel. But man to dog-- My conscience is clear.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation It was on Cole Street-- the Mansons lived next door. Every morning Squeaky went out to panhandle and Tex went out to steal. Sadie was a cormorant, a cute little thing, perched somewhere near the bus station fishing for runaways. They were good neighbors as far as neighbors go. Music. They loved music. That’s what I remember. Played on a beat up phonograph with the windows open so everyone could hear the scratching needle with its dis dis dis. Or maybe it was Charlie strumming the guitar in his Blue Period. Ever the artiste, he went through phases too: like Elvis or the moon, that beast of beauty-- shivering a little as it knifed the hills high over San Francisco.
Bio: D.G. Geis lives in Houston, Texas. His first book, Mockumentary, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press (Leapfolio) in January 2017. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Fjords, Skylight 47 (Ireland), Memoryhouse, 491 Magazine, Lost Coast, The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Blue Bonnet Review, The Broadkill Review, A Quiet Courage, SoftBlow International Poetry Journal (Singapore), Blinders, Burningword Literary Journal, Poetry Scotland (Open Mouse), Crosswinds, Scarlet Leaf, Zingara, Sweet Tree, Atrocity Exhibition, Driftwood Press, Tamsen, Rat's Ass, Bad Acid, Crack the Spine, Collapsar, Grub Street, Slippery Elm, Ricochet, Les Rêves des Notre Ours The Write Place at the Write Time, Steam Ticket, Razor, Origami, Matador, Cheat River, Euphemism, Two Cities, The Hartskill Review, Sugar House, Amygdala, Literary Orphans, Dash, Zabaan (Pakistan), Clare, Panoplyzine, Boston Accent, Silkworm, Drylandlit, Permafrost, Gingerbread House, The Writing Disorder, Marathon Literary Review, The Machinery. Forage, Eclectica, Off the Coast, Damfino, and The Naugatuck Review.. He will be featured in a forthcoming Tupelo Press chapbook anthologizing 9 New Poets and is winner of Blue Bonnet Review's Fall 2015 Poetry Contest. He is editor-at-large of Tamsen and a finalist for both The New Alchemy (University of Alaska) and Fish Prizes (Ireland).