Dog Walking, Draft 7

I gave this girl a human name, and call it softly;
Ape the role, though I’m no father.
This ersatz child diverts
my nurture to her needs,
will never care for me in frailty
or carry on my name.
Commensal more than parasite,
she shares the prey
she captures with her infant paws:
The smiles of disarmed passers-by
which I imagine are for me.

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