Look At Me
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Look at me, occasionally there's
instantaneous beauty to the eye,
then every once in a while my
disposition causes misled distaste,
like my wrinkles there are layers;
I do not hunger to cause pain, but
my instincts if distressed are to
attack, retaliate when aggrieved.
Like my ancestors before me
I've heard revenge is sweet,
fighting dogs trained to attack
always striking to the bitter end,
depictions from long ago Chinese artists,
portrayals of descendant Shar-Pei dogs
guarding grandiose emperors palaces,
constant reminder of where I came from,
with my smooth drooping ears set against
mounds of fleshy skin, somber bijou eyes
observe as you study this puzzled expression,
in fact puppy is decoding if your friend or foe.
Adorn me with your love and affection
I'll be your loyal companion always,
a devoted presence with commitment;
not weak but cautious towards strangers.