Dogs 2010

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he was
backwoods
and believed
in blood

when his
third wife
brought her
young son
in tow
he knew
that he'd need
some sort
of biological connection
to confirm
his authority

he began
to slip
just a little
of his piss
into every drink
prepared
for the boy

the whiney
sucker
got sick
in the beginning
but after only
a few weeks
the tiny innards adjusted
and it was just
another
added ingredient

as his
stepson grew
the kid
seemed to mind
as well as any
of his real
sons

he ruled
the youngun
maybe firmer
but as fair
as the rest
of the brood

he didn't
understood
why at 15
the boy
had a cocked
and loaded shotgun
shoved in the face
of the man
who raised
the ungrateful
bastard

he understood
a bit better
when the
hammer
came
down