It’s Not Like I Want to Be a Bad Dog Owner

The fucking dog is at it again / with her whole-hearted howling / barking her boredom to let it be known to the world / to let the world know / she exists / since her hip went crooked with dysplasia / I cannot walk her / cannot out run the anxiety / of being / with her / and so when she yowls / in empty rooms / I howl / too / to let it be known / that I am here too / that I am so / tired of being / here too.

Kat Lewis

Kat Lewis graduated from Johns Hopkins University where she held the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellowship. She received her MFA from the University of South Florida. Her work has appeared inTriQuarterly, The Cincinnati Review, Khôra,andThe Rumpus. In 2018, she was a Fulbright Creative Arts grantee in South Korea. She is currently at work on a novel about the Black experience in South Korea.