We cannot imagine a world without dogs. Their joy-filled, loyal nature is the realization of the person we’d like to become. Join in and sing (or howl) a few Dog Songs with us. Our Monday poetry prompt might encourage you to wag a little more, too.
To kick off our new poodles, dogs, and pups theme, we’ve put together a playlist that includes everything from a hund to a hound, to the artists Dogge Dog and The Bubble Puppy. And of course Cat Power had to weigh in with a werewolf somewhere near the French poodle and chien.
Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night
He puts his cheek against mine
and makes small, expressive sounds.
And when I’m awake, or awake enough
he turns upside down, his four paws
in the air
and his eyes dark and fervent.
“Tell me you love me, ” he says.
“Tell me again.”
Could there be a sweeter arrangement? Over and over
he gets to ask.
I get to tell.
—Mary Oliver, from Dog Songs: Poems
Write a poem that expresses the loving relationship between a dog and his owner.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here is a poem from Monica that tugged our heartstrings:
Breathe her in, savor
these newborn days as fleeting
as the baby’s breath
the flower is named for.
Carry her skin
And don’t blink, they say.
True, but napping
Sometimes we feature your poems in Every Day Poems, with your permission of course. Thanks for writing with us!