Those of us who spent childhood years reading stories about dog adventures, lived vicariously through their tales of excitement and suspense. The first page of the Little Golden Book classic, The Poky Little Puppy begins: “Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world.”
It’s a joy to experience the world through the eyes of a dog.
Write a poem about one dog’s adventure.
He lifts his hopeful eyes at each new tread,
Dark wells of brown with half his heart in each:
He will not bark, because he is well-bred,
Only one voice can heal the sorry breach.
He scans the faces that he does not know,
One paw uplifted, ear cocked for a sound
Outside his sight. Only he must not go
Away from here; by honor he is bound.
Now he has heard a whistle
down the street;
He trembles in a sort of ecstasy,
Dances upon his eager, padding feet,
Straining himself to hear, to feel, to see,
And rushes at a call to meet the one
Who of his tiny universe is sun.
—by Frances Rodman, from Good Dog Poems
Special thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here’s one contribution— a poem from Richard titled, Taiko:
Like a little toy dog the color of rust,
with eyes brown and blue, you stand.
And recalling a poem, in memory dust,
I smile and extend you my hand.
That was a time when a turn in my life
turned a dream into time so untrue.
And wandering then, a sheath for a knife,
I came each day to a window with you.
Love can be selfish—advise from the years
that made ragged the edges of rhyme—
and selfish it was trading you for my tears,
taking you into that terrible time.
Things break apart that faithful won’t hold;
paradise is wrought with a worm—
The way of your heart was wild and so bold,
neither tether nor love held you firm.
And here in this photo all these years through,
so still in the same old chair,
I wished that someone else had picked you
from that window as you waited there.
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