no amount of nudge
can convince this dog to budge
when she stops we stop
but one yard sign still displays
its timeless message
oof I'd forgotten that
raking takes muscles my
arms not as strong as they
once were I fear
oh what a joy to be
working outside this is
truly my favorite
time of the year
side-by-side sidewalk walkers
picking up dog food
newfangled shopping adventure
at every corner
we choose the direction with
fewer people in sight
same old thoughts
Though I'd like
New thoughts form
Cold snow in
Those words start
and feel in
Today's walk in the first snow of the winter was a surprise even though we had seen it in the forecast. Rosy had to fetch her flying disk instead of the whistling ball she chased all summer. She made the switch like a champ.
The Poetry Friday Roundup is at Today's Little Ditty. Enjoy!
Sometimes, she stealthily sneaks aboard,
and we find her there in the morning.
More often, she clambers onto the bed
with a wheezy, whiny warning.
Somehow, she knows when we’re both too tired
to defend our meager space.
She’ll carelessly land on a leg or a hand
with her nose in somebody’s face.
She’ll burrow beneath the blankets.
She’ll wriggle, she’ll shove, and she’ll snore—
our seventy-two-pound Rosy,
the bed-hogging dog we adore!
I'm giving away a copy of Write a Poem Step by Step every day in April. The book is based on my school visit presentations and includes a simple plan you can follow to create your own poems. I wrote it for students, teachers, and writers of all ages.
Post a comment here to enter. I'll choose one at random tomorrow and drop a copy of Write a Poem Step by Step in the mail—U.S. addresses only, please. I’ll email you for your mailing address if you win. And if you don't win right away, please check back again. I'll have 31 copies to share! Read More
It's April again--hooray! Last year, I wrote a haiku a day; you can read all thirty poems in the April 2015 Archive. This year, with deadlines and school visits claiming my attention, I decided to focus on reading more poetry. I've posted an old favorite dog poem on the Teaching Authors blog for National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Enjoy!