We stood where you left us
Night all around us. Moonless . . . starless.
Black puddles in the black night . . . didn't see them . . .
We hate you, Nelly.
But wait! Are you OK? Are you hunting or the hunted?
Jump into a rabbit hole. Faster than a meadow vole.
Or have you been killed by a hunter's trap
and I will have to tell your mama.
Oh god, please no.
Oh Nelly . . . naughty, frightful, willful Nelly.
Sexy Nelly . . . Willy's girl
Turn over let him lick your tummy.
Don't do this to us. To your mama.
God, Nelly, I hate you for this.
Faster than a speeding bullet.
Hide from Mama. Hide from Janet.
Craziest bitch that walks the planet. See? I can rhyme in the face of disaster.
Oh, Nelly! I hate you right now.
I hear a shrill scream in the distance. And why is there no moon
I have no flashlight . . . Is there no god to strike a match in
Ne-e-e-e-e-ly! Nellybelly. Here, Nelly! Let's go home, OK?
We wait hours.
How can I tell Melissa her dog is missing and presumed dead?
Her brain, neon green. Mine is red, aflame with anger, then fear.
Then back to anger again. I need a strong drink.
When I see you, Nelly, I will fucking kill you. Black and White
But wait . . . now I am frightened again. Silence for a long time
. . . miles and miles
of cornfield silence.
Ne-e-e-e-e-ly! Please, honey, pretty please?
She emerges, as if from a tomb, at 8. Black filthy. No white.
Crusty dirt and rat droppings . . .reeking.
Ah, beautiful Nelly . . . thank the doggod she is OK. My baby.
She smells so bad the others stay distant.
We run a bath (twice) and shampoo the tombpoisons away.
Towels . . . more towels. She feels happy now. Black and White
Time for dinner.
My good girl. We love you, Nelly.
Nelly of our hearts.
--Janet Nelson Harrington
Many thanks to search-and-rescue heroes Andrew; Bonnie with the incomparable Nora and
Malcolm; and (it goes without saying) Janet