The month of April is National Poetry Month and today I am celebrating National Poem in Your Pocket Day. In a nutshell on this poetic day simply share a favorite poem with everyone you meet. Please click on either Poem in Your Pocket Day link and learn all about Poetry Month and ways and places to celebrate it.
The truth is, I’m not really much of a poet. Never have been. However, I do dearly love the works of Ogden Nash. To my untrained eye and rhythm-less ear, he’s tops. I hope you enjoy my salute to him from his 1939 book entitled, “I’m a Stranger Here Myself”.
AN INTRODUCTION TO DOGS
By Ogden Nash
The dog is man’s best friend.
He has a tail on one end.
Up in front he has teeth.
And four legs underneath.
Dogs like to bark.
They like it best after dark.
They not only frighten prowlers away
But also hold the sandman at bay.
A dog that is indoors
To be let out implores.
You let him out and what then?
He wants back in again.
Dogs display reluctance and wrath
If you try to give them a bath.
They bury bones in hideaways
And half the time they trot sideaways.
They cheer up people who are frowning,
And rescue people who are drowning,
They also track mud onto beds,
And chew people’s clothes to shreds.
Dogs in the country have fun.
The run and run and run.
But in the city this species
Is dragged around on leashes.
Dogs are upright as a steeple
And much more loyal than people.
Well people may be reprehensible
But that’s probably because they are sensibler.