Pochi or Kuro
Following the ghost dog down, Father implanted a stroke. It is resting in my great uncle’s side of the graveyard with people I had never talked to. Mother said, “The dog should not be here. Bad luck for ancestors and descendants.” Father used to say, “It ate its own shit.” Its name was forgotten; Pochi or Kuro, a common Japanese dog’s name. When Father jogged in the morning, the dog waited by the telephone pole. It barked, and Father replied, “I am struggling with a new computer system.” The dog sniffed his hand as if saying, I smell nappa-cabbage. It licked him three times, Don’t drive today. You partial, vegetable.